As if it is not scary enough having your baby nearly drown in the bathtub, now I have to worry about him for an additional 24 hours. Seriously. I was sitting right next to the tub looking at something besides the tub (my camera ?) when I heard a thunk and looked to find Bentley face down in the water. I snatched him out immediately but he didn't breath for a few seconds. It was scary! I mean, I knew he should be okay, he wasn't under for more than one or two seconds at most, but man, very scary. He and Gwen were both very freaked out after the fact. I got him settled down and taking a nap and Gwen watching a show. I was reading the news about an hour later when I came across this article.
Dry drowning? You've got to be kidding me. And the things you are supposed to look out for?
1. Excessive tiredness
2. Mood changes
3. Difficulty breathing
Well, Bentley went right to sleep after the incident, and had raspy breathing (he has a slight cold and has always been quite nasally while breathing). My heart started beating so fast I thought it would beat right out of my chest. I felt all light headed and EXTRA nauseous. I mean, was it a sign that I saw this article?
It may seem a bit odd if I grab my son and haul him to the ER and say that I thought he might be dry drowning. I don't know.
So I have sat here all day with him never more than an inch away, watching for the signs. It's really hard to tell if he has any of the three as it would be for any infant I am sure. All I know is that it has been 6 hours and I can't wait for the next 18 to be over!
And I feel so sad for that kid and that mother. What an awful thing to happen. I had no idea, just like she said, that such a thing existed. Except I think maybe I saw an episode of House about it. Anyway, just a shout out to all you moms out there to know that this is a real thing and to watch your kids after swimming. I know, you needed another thing to worry about it, but knowledge is power, right?