my 3 year old son rode his tricycle into pool. I immediately ran over and got him out. couldnt tell if he swallowed, or breathed in any water, but he was not coughing at all. he was very tired afterwards, but he also missed his nap today because of out of town guests. He is in a deep slumber right now, and seems fine. should I be watching him all night? how do I know he is ok? ive heard horror stories of kids falling in pool, breathing in water, and drowning later. Are these true? Does he need to go to hospital?
patted him lightly on the back to see if hed cough up water. He did not cough at all. Ive just been watching him. he is slleepin very well.
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The main concern about drowning injuries (even after the exposure is over) is in the swallowing or inhaling large amounts of water that gets absorbed into the body and causes electrolyte imbalance. Since you say you were able to get him out immediately and he did not require any kind of resuscitation from you (mouth to mouth, etc) and is not coughing, it sounds like he's fine. You were fortunate to be able to act so quickly. I do not think its necessary to have him evaluated given what you have told me.
ok. didnt want to over react, but a the same time, the imagination runs wild when it has to do with your childs life. thanks.
My pleasure! You must have been terrified! I think everything is going to be fine from what you've told me. Take a deep breath and have a great night!Kindly rate my answer before leaving the site.
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