Secondary Drowning Can Kill Hours After Leaving The Pool

STAUNTON, Va. - As the temperatures get warmer and more people go to the pool, there are concerns about a condition that can kill a child hours after they leave the pool.

It's called secondary drowning and It's when a child inhales a small amount of water and the water sits in the child's lungs.

The water prevents oxygen from going to the blood stream and it can be deadly if not caught in time.

Symptoms of the condition include difficulty breathing and coughing.

Many parents say that this will make them more cautious when their kids are at the pool.

"My son was in the water just now and the water splashed up and went in his nose and he started coughing and choking, and water started coming out of his nose. I didn't know anything about it until now, so it's definitely something that I want to be cautious about and watch for," says Joseph Sharp, who is a parent.

Doctors say that parents should watch for signs of secondary drowning, 24 hours after they take their child out of the pool. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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