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Near-Drowning Injuries in Children


Near-drowning injuries occur when your child has been unable to breathe after being under water. Liquid enters his lungs and prevents him from getting enough oxygen.



  • Medicines may be given to your child to treat or prevent a bacterial lung infection.
  • Give your child's medicine as directed. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him or her if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Prevent near-drowning injuries:

  • Private pools should be fenced in all 4 sides to completely block off the pool.
  • Children should never be left unattended when in or close to water.
  • Pool owners, parents, and child care providers should have CPR training.
  • Swimming lessons for children can improve swimming abilities and water rescue.
  • Use of life jackets is recommended for all children while boating or doing water activities.
  • When swimming in open water, stay close to areas where life guards are visible.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your child has a fever.
  • Your child has chills, a cough, or feels weak and achy.
  • You have questions or concern about your child's condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your child has a seizure.
  • Your child has sudden shortness of breath.

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