"I actually see it more commonly in the elderly, who have trouble swallowing in their swallowing mechanisms just don't work well and they end up aspirating," said Horvath."They end up getting food, getting fluid, getting saliva down into their lungs,"
Both Hanusa and Dr. Horvath say the symptoms could even come from drinking water too fast. "It's the person who continues to cough or continues to have breathing problems for a protracted period of time. Those are the ones we worry about," Horvath added.
Medical professionals encourage parents to keep an eye on their children not only while they are swimming, but when they get out of the pool, too.