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Near-Drowning Injuries in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What are near-drowning injuries?

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

What increases your child's risk of near-drowning injuries?

What are the signs and symptoms of near-drowning injuries?

What health problems can happen after near-drowning injuries?

How are near-drowning injuries diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will do a physical exam. The provider will also ask how the near-drowning injury happened and how long your child was under water. The following tests may also be done:

How are near-drowning injuries treated?

Lay person cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) must be done as soon as possible. CPR is used when a person stops breathing and his or her heart has stopped beating. Lay person refers to anyone who is not a trained healthcare worker. After CPR has been done, your child must be taken to an emergency department. Your child may need any of the following:

How can near-drowning injuries be prevented?

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