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can a baby drown from one drop from inhaling water?

You know when you child drinks from a cup and takes a little too much and chokes a little but ends up to be fine? Well I heard threw the grape vine that that could possibly kill them? This scares me to death please get the facts straight for me! Thanks ladies.(15months old)

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Asked by Bugsmommy1908 at 1:42 AM on Apr. 5, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • lol no

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:44 AM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • i have heard that if they get water into their lungs when they choke then they can die. i looked it up when i heard this and saw that yes its true but there are warning signs, like they are confused, really tired at an abnormal time, and trouble seeing.

    Answer by vabchmommy at 1:46 AM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • Yes, a child, or anyone. for  that matter, can die from what is called secondary, or dry, drowning. However, it is going to take a lot more fluid than some water going down the wrong way when they drink.

    How this occurs is if they almost drown and there is still fluid in their lungs, or if they inhale too much water over a prolonged time swimming, taking a bath, etc, and they get a decent amount of water in their lungs that way.

    However, like the pp said, there are signs.  If this is something you're concerned about, you can do a search for dry or secondary drowning and there are lists of warning signs. 

    But overall, unless it's an excessive amount, as opposed to they were drinking and it went down the wrong way, then you probably don't have anything to worry about.  This is something almost every one of us does at some point or another, especially when we're little.


    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 1:58 AM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • It is extremely rare that dry drowning occurs.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 5:37 AM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • it's always possible to choak to death from food or excess amounts of fluids in the lungs. that being said, it's not common. Just be aware of your child and make sure you learn infant CPR in case it's necesary. Try not to worry, just be prepared for anything that may happen. If you harp on things that could happen, but probably never will, you'll be a nerver wreck and won't be able to care for your kids correctly. just relax. :)

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:48 AM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • That sip or two that "went down the wrong way" isn't going to do any harm... when it happens, just remind you little one to drink a little slower.


    Answer by Crystal1124 at 1:25 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

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