Real Estate Agent with Solid Source Realty

Here's a story about Johnny Jackson a 10 year old from South Carolina dying from a dry drowning. This is something all parent should be aware of, summer is near, let's be safe!

Dr. Daniel Rauch, a pediatrician from New York University Langone
Medical Center, told TODAY, Meredith Vieira that there are warning
signs that every parent should be aware of. Johnny Jackson exhibited
some of them, but unless a parent knows what to look for, they are
easily overlooked or misinterpreted.

The three important signs, he said, are difficulty breathing, extreme
tiredness and changes in behavior. All are the result of reduced oxygen
flow to the brain.

Johnny had two of those signs - he was very tired when he got home, and
he had had the accident in the pool. But like most parents, Cassandra
Jackson had no idea this could be related to water in his lungs.

Delayed reaction
Rauch said that the phenomenon of dry drowning is not completely
understood. But medical researchers say that in some people, a small
amount of inhaled water can have a delayed-reaction effect.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, some 3,600 people drowned
in 2005, the most recent year for which there are statistics. Some 10 to
15 percent of those deaths was classified as $B!H(Bdry drowning,$B!I(B which
occur up to 24 hours after a small amount of water gets into the lungs.
In children, that can happen during a bath.

So let's be safe!

Comments (3)

Jonelle Simons
Windermere Real Estate - Park City, UT

Wow, something I have never thought about, and never even heard of!  Thanks for the tip, I'll pass it along to those I know with kids.

Jun 06, 2008 02:16 AM
Joe Virnig
RE/MAX Gold Coast REALTORS, Ventura County, California - Ventura, CA
No Ordinary Joe

One more thing to worry about.  Oh well, it's good to have tucked away in the back of your brain.

Jun 06, 2008 03:20 AM
Christine Deveau
Prudential Page Realty - Medway, MA

Wow, I had never heard about that before.  I will have to keep that in mind, we have a pool.  Thanks for sharing that information :o)

Jun 06, 2008 09:59 AM