Over Memorial Day Weekend, 4-year-old Frankie Delgado was swimming in Texas City Dike with his family. A few days later, Frankie died from what is called "dry drowning," or "delayed drowning."
This drowning can occur from water getting in the back of the throat, causing spasms in the voice box, or getting fluid in the lungs causing a deadly chemical reaction.
This can happen in any water, including the bathtub. Pay close attention to symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, fever, cough, chest pain, extreme fatigue, irritability, increased heart rate, and a protruding rib cage during breathing.
Frankie's story has already saved another little boy's life. A father of a young boy in Colorado noticed the same symptoms in his son. After rushing him to the hospital, doctors confirmed he would have died from dry drowning if he hadn't acted so quickly.
Doctors recommend getting children swim lessons early on so they learn not to swallow or inhale water.