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Secondary drowning happens after you're out of the pool

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Secondary drowning is something that not very many people know about.

It happens well after you're out of the water, after water has been breathed in and enters your lungs.

Symptoms aren't usually noticed until 1-24 hours after.

It can happen while you're swimming, splashing, dunking or jumping off of the high dive.

Coughing, chest pain, trouble breathing and exhaustion are things to look out for.

If symptoms are noticed after a swimming incident, contact a doctor immediately.

Secondary drowning is rare, happening in only 1-2 percent of drowning incidents.

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