Food for Thought – Dry Drowning

May 10, 2024

My two-year-old daughter, Ellie, has already asked about going swimming several times this month. She loves the water as do many, both young and old, during the hot summer months.

Most people know to keep a watchful eye on youth during water activities. However, many people think the risk of drowning ends when their child leaves the water. Not so! According to Mark A. Mitchell, DO, an osteopathic emergency medicine physician from Chicago, danger can exist up to 24 hours after being out of the water.

Dr. Mitchell states that dry and secondary drowning can occur after inhaling water through the nose or mouth. This causes the water to trigger a spasm in the airway causing the airway to close and impact breathing.

According to Dr. Mitchell, symptoms of dry drowning usually occur right after a water incident, but symptoms of secondary drowning can appear hours later.

Watch for these warning signs:

· Trouble breathing

· Coughing

· Sleepiness or a drop in energy level

· Irritability

· Chest pain

· Vomiting

Although dry and secondary drowning are rare, treat this as a medical emergency if symptoms appear. Doctors can tell if the airways are blocked, if water is in the lungs, or if oxygen level is low. The doctor will be able to provide the best treatment.

To help prevent water-related injuries and emergencies, Dr. Mitchell encourages parents and caregivers to:

· Teach water safety, including no diving in shallow waters and only swimming in areas with lifeguards.

· Help your kids learn to swim as early as possible.

· Ensure pools are properly guarded.

· Warn teens of the risk of swimming under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

· Never let children swim alone. Be vigilant when watching them swim or play around large and small bodies of water such as plastic pools or bathtubs.

· Discourage rough play, such as head dunking, in and around water.

Dry and secondary drowning can be prevented. Always be attentive to sudden changes in behavior after your child has been in the water. Be safe and have fun in the water!

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

What You’ll Need

3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened

3 eggs

¾ cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 (16.5 oz) rolls refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough

What to Do

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla until well mixed; set aside.

3. Slice cookie dough rolls into ¼ inch thick slices. Arrange slices from one roll on bottom of prepared baking dish; press together so there are no holes in dough. Spoon cream cheese mixture evenly over dough; top with remaining slices of cookie dough.

4. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until golden and center is slightly firm. Remove from oven, let cool, then refrigerate. Cut into slices when well chilled.

Check This Out!

· Keep the cookie dough refrigerated until just before slicing. You can serve these as-is, or top with chocolate sauce, fudge, whipped topping, or anything else you might like!

Submitted by: Rita Klenke, Grant FCE Club