A nurse has urged parents to always dress their kids in brightly-coloured swimwear after an eye-opening picture emerged showing how blue bathing suits are harder to spot in a pool.
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In her latest video, she placed a bright yellow ball and a blue ball under water to highlight the “importance of swimwear colour for little ones”.
“Here is a good way to remember; ‘Fluoro so you know’,” she said.
“If you are taking the kids for a swim, make sure you dress them in bright and colourful swimwear so they are easier to see at all times. Avoid blue, dark or dull colours for kid’s swimwear (in and out of the water).
“Bright swimwear doesn’t replace active supervision though; it aids it in all swimming scenarios.
“Remember — drowning is silent and every second counts.”
Previously, the team at CPR Kids shared a terrifying picture of a young kid swimming with a blue bathing suit in a backyard pool.
The picture shows just how easily camouflaged the child was underwater.
“What do you see underneath the water here? Take a good look. Anything? A child?” the post read.
“Yes, there is a child there. It’s hard to believe, we know.”
The photograph was taken by one of the nurses from CPR Kids when she was at a pool party with friends and noticed how cloudy the water had become after being used all day.
She asked one of the kids who was wearing a pale blue swimsuit, to swim to the bottom.
The result shocked the nurse because she “couldn’t believe how hard it was to see the little one” underwater.
“The picture was taken at roughly 2pm, after a few hours of use. The cloudiness was likely due to sunscreen in the water as this is usually a clear pool,” she explained.
The post left many parents shocked after they struggled to locate the child in the image.
“This is terrifying, I’m never buying blue swimwear again,” one mum said.
Another suggested: “That is so scary! I couldn’t see the child at all.”
While one added: “So scary. Sad thing is it’s really hard to find boys swimmers that aren’t blue.”
Earlier this year, infants’ swimming instructor Nikki Scarnati warned parents to avoid dressing children in blue swimwear.
“This is why you do not put your children in blue bathing suits,” said Scarnati, a certified infant swim instructor from the US.
The mum filmed her young daughter swimming with a blue bathing suit to demonstrate just how easily camouflaged she was underwater – whether in a backyard pool or a crowded beach.
“So this is not a bathing suit my daughter wears on a regular basis. I bought it on clearance specifically for this example for parents who want to learn,” Scarnati explained.
The video showed her daughter swimming along a pool before she ducked underwater – proving just how dangerous it is for kids to wear blue bathers.
“Look how difficult it is to see her under the water,” Nikki said.
“And this is in calm water, this is not with a whole bunch of other kids playing, splashing around and having a good time.
“Even look in the sunlight, look how difficult it is to see her with the bathing suit on because it’s the same colour as our environment.
“So do not buy blue bathing suits guys. Just don’t do it.”
For those looking to buy swimwear for kids, Nikki recommends bright colours.
“Always stick to neon colours,” she said.
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