There have been many reports and stories of dry drowning over the years. Typically, children experience dry drowning more than adults. While swimming or bathing, a child may accidentally inhale water into their body. According to these reports, the water can cause the child to experience drowning-like symptoms upwards of several days after the incident. However, many medical experts view dry drowning as controversial, and the World Health Organization recommends ending the usage of the term.
Differentiating dry drowning, secondary drowning, and delayed drowning can be confusing. This is because the terms weren't accepted medical conditions because of their rarity. People considered dry drowning to involve the ingestion of water without it entering the lungs. Secondary drowning involved the water entering the lungs. Delayed drowning sometimes acted as an umbrella term to refer to any drowning that occurred outside the water. The World Health Organization and medical experts now see these terms as outdated and dangerous. Instead, the term drowning no longer exclusively refers to fatalities, but instead any ingestion or aspiration of a liquid.
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