Drowning accident in infants

In a drowning accident, there is always a lack of oxygen when immersed in a liquid. Depending on the length of the lack of oxygen damage to the organs or drowning death is the result.

Drowning accident in infants

What is a drowning accident?

In a drowning accident, there is always a lack of oxygen when immersed in a liquid. Depending on the length of the lack of oxygen damage to the organs or drowning death is the result.

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Which situations can lead to drowning?

  • Unattended playing on the water
  • In infants, a shallow depth of water is sufficient, as the so-called diving reflex can cause respiratory arrest when the face is immersed in cold water.

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Which symptoms occur? (depending on the immersion time)

Signs may be missing initially and may occur with a delay of several hours.

The following changes can occur depending on the immersion time:

  • Cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, foamy secretions, rattles in breathing
  • hypothermia
  • Fast pulse
  • Bluish-grayish skin color, especially the lips and fingernails
  • Confusion or dulling of consciousness to loss of consciousness, respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest and severe hypothermia.
  • Nostrils (tremors of the nostrils)

First aid measures

  • Take the child out of the water!
  • Talk to the child and check his state of consciousness.
  • Do not try to remove the water from the lungs!
  • If the child is approachable: remove soaked clothes, dry child, keep warm and calm.
  • If the child is unresponsive, but continues to breathe, it should be placed in stable lateral position.
  • If respiratory arrest begins with the breath.
  • If no pulse is palpable: perform a cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Call the emergency doctor!
  • Attention: Resuscitation should also be performed on infants and children who appear to be lifeless. With deep hypothermia, resuscitation on the heart-lung machine can be successful even after a long time.
  • Carry out the measures until rescue arrives.

Every infant should be examined by a doctor after a drowning accident, as a short-term lack of oxygen can lead to impaired organ functions. However, this may only be recognizable after 24 to 48 hours.


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