19. Secondary Drowning Occurs Days After Being Submerged
After the child is plucked from the water by a parent or caregiver, he or she may feel completely fine. The child may want to continue playing in the water and seeing as the initial scare has passed, the parent allows this, albeit with a more watchful eye.
While the initial danger of drowning in the water has passed, the threat of secondary drowning has not. The child may begin experiencing symptoms the next day or even a few days after the water entered the lungs.