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Summer time is here! One of the most exciting times of the year…for the kids of course. And with this Texas heat comes the good old swimming pool to cool the kids down. But there is a potentially fatal yet rare condition that is affecting our children in the water. Have you ever heard of “dry drowning”? Yes, it is possible.
According to 9NEWS Denver, a father from Colorado was able to recognize the symptoms his son was experiencing before this condition became fatal. Garon Vega, a father of 2 year old boy Gio Vega, reported that Gio complained of having head pain after swallowing a small amount of water while swimming. Gio’s head pain eventually developed a fever that continued throughout the day. That is when Garon performed an internet search of his son’s symptoms and came across the heartbreaking story of Frankie Delgado. Delgado, a toddler from Texas City tragically died from a rare condition caused by “dry drowning” or “secondary drowning”.
According to Parents Magazine, dry drowning can be caused by taking in a small amount of water through your nose and/or mouth, and it causes a spasm in the airway, causing it to close up. In secondary drowning, the little bit of water gets into the lungs and causes inflammation or swelling that makes it difficult or impossible for the body to transfer oxygen to carbon dioxide and vice versa. Dry drowning usually happens soon after exiting the water, but with secondary drowning, there can be a delay of up to 24 hours before the person shows signs of distress. Both can cause trouble breathing and, in worst-case scenarios, death. Although this can happen to anyone, this condition is mostly seen in children.
After reading the story of Frankie Delgado, Vegas immediately took his son Gio to the emergency room where it was discovered that Gio had a significant amount of fluid in his lungs. The Vegas were thankful to the Texas family for sharing the story of their son Frankie Delgado. A story that saved the life of Gio Vega.
There are many symptoms to be aware of after a child has gone swimming. They include: coughing, head pain, fever, sudden fatigue, change in behavior, throwing up, or forgetfulness. If you suspect that your child may be suffering from dry drowning or secondary drowning contact your pediatrician right away for advice. He/she may advise you to go straight to the emergency room. But if your child is struggling to breathe or you suspect that his conditions are too persistent, head straight to ER as soon as possible.
Prevention of dry drowning and secondary drowning is the key to swimming safely. Use safety floatation devices for children while on boats, monitor children around water and be sure to follow all pool rules, never leave standing water were it is easily accessible to children, pay close attention to your children after swimming, and consider swimming lessons for your children. Kids who are skilled and comfortable at swimming are less likely to take water in or go under. Many cities provide opportunities for free or low cost swimming lessons. Below is a list of websites where you can find more information on these opportunities. Have fun this summer and remember to look out for signs of “Dry Drowning” and “secondary drowning”.
Free or Low Cost Swimming Lessons by city. Click on your city for more information:
Unfortunately, there aren't many options for emergency childcare, which is why so many parents dread the onset of a fever, diarrhea, or a stomachache. Most childcare centers have fairly strict sick-child policies to help prevent the spread of illness.
And your challenge is even greater if you use home daycare, a nanny, or relative care because when your caregiver gets sick, there are no substitute teachers like at a center.
Most backup options fall into two main categories: Finding someone else to take care of your child or staying home yourself. It helps to have a backup plan in place before you need it.
Find someone elseAsk about backup care when you do your initial childcare search. Ideally, your home daycare provider, relative, or nanny (or her agency) will have someone else lined up in case of an emergency, though it's not ultimately their responsibility. If so, ask to meet the backup provider ahead of time to make sure you're comfortable having this person care for your child.
If not, you could also:
Stay home yourselfNo one can prepare for every situation. Inevitably, the day will come when you're caught with a sick child and have no one to rely on but yourself or your partner. This option also has several variations:
What are the advantages of home daycare?Many home daycares can boast smaller groups of children and more individual attention, something most centers can't guarantee. Child-to-staff ratios are important because too many children and not enough adult supervision means your child is likely to get less of the one-on-one interaction that he needs and deserves.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the child-to-staff ratio for children younger than 12 months should be 3 to 1 no matter what kind of childcare you have.
The National Association for Family Child Care offers an accreditation to ensure that your provider follows all of your state's regulations, including child-to-staff ratios.
The opportunity to play with and learn from other children is something both home daycares and centers offer that nanny care can't. But unlike centers, which tend to group kids by age, home daycares usually have mixed-age groups, which more closely mirror many families and may help your child feel comfortable around older kids.
"I like the fact that there are other children my son can play with and learn from," says Cindy Goral, a BabyCenter mom from Palo Alto, California. "Since he's an only child, he really enjoys this social interaction."
Though daycare centers, no matter how child-friendly and welcoming, can sometimes seem institutional, home daycare can be the next best thing to your own house. If you're lucky enough to find a good provider in your neighborhood, so much the better – your child will feel even more at home.
"My favorite thing about home childcare is that it's a homey environment, and my children get lots of attention and hugs," says Phyllis Hodson-Hutsell, a BabyCenter mom from Rossville, Indiana. "Plus, our caregiver is located in the same small town where we live, so she's close by, and my daughters will get to know neighborhood kids whom she'll likely know all her life."
And home daycare is often the least expensive childcare option next to relative care. While some home daycare providers charge as much as centers, that's not usually the case.
From a practical viewpoint, a home daycare may be more flexible about pickup and dropoff times and less likely than a center to charge you for every minute you're late. Home daycares also tend to close for fewer holidays than most centers, so you may not have to scramble for backup care as often.
Finally, most home daycare providers are moms themselves, so you know you're leaving your child with someone who is comfortable caring for babies and children and who probably has a strong mothering instinct. Of course, you and your provider may differ on some childrearing issues, but as long as you find someone who shares your basic caregiving philosophy, the "mom" factor can be a definite advantage. BabyCenter
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