Secondary drowning most commonly occurs an hour to 24 hours after the incident. If your child takes in water and continues to cough a few hours later or seems to be having difficulty breathing, seek emergency care immediately. Additional symptoms include lethargy or unusual tiredness, pain in the chest, sore throat and pale or blue/grey skin color.
Treatment for this condition is simple but critical. First, the fluid must be removed from the lungs. Thereafter, the patient receives oxygen to reinvigorate the lungs to full capacity.
Where to find high quality pediatric emergency care
CentraState Medical Center recognizes that children benefit most from seeing pediatricians—physicians specially trained in children’s health—especially for an emergency. That’s why pediatricians staff and offer pediatric diagnosis and treatment at CentraState’s Emergency Department around the clock, seven days a week.
This separate and less intimidating department provides a special treatment area reserved exclusively for children which is overseen by an on-site pediatrician. The department offers First Care service to quickly treat minor pediatric injuries in less than 30 minutes. The hospital guarantees that all ED patients will be seen by a nurse within 15 minutes and a physician or practitioner within 30 minutes. For more information about CentraState’s pediatric services, call (866) CENTRA7.
Sanjay Mehta, DO is the division chief of the Pediatric Emergency Department at CentraState Medical Center. For more information on emergency services, please call 866-CENTRA7.