21. If a Child Experiences Respiratory Symptoms During the Summer, Get Help Immediately
What may appear to be a simple cough during the summer months may actually be a symptom of secondary drowning, especially if the child has been swimming or playing in the water in the past 48 to 72 hours.
Taking a child to the emergency room with a cough may sound like overkill, but if you explain the symptoms to a pediatrician there, the doctor may immediately identify the child as a victim of secondary drowning. Immediate medical care, which may include a hospital stay, will probably be required.