Dry drowning occurs when a child or adult immersed in water accidentally inhales. This will happen most often in moments of panic due to the body’s natural reflex to inhale. The muscles in the windpipe may contract to protect the lungs from the water that has entered the system. Rarely, this can cause the body to suffocate, leading to injury or potentially, death. Children and toddlers are at the greatest risk, and it is important to remain vigilant to ensure a child’s safety during and after swimming or bathing.
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