"Always Wipe Them Down First": Mom Warns Other Parents About Weird Black Marks On Changing Tables In Public Bathrooms
October 1, 2018 18:10 By Fabiosa
Baby changing stations are installed in public bathrooms for parents’ convenience. Sadly, another group of people also finds them quite convenient, and that may put babies in grave danger.
Jessica Wayman, a 24-year-old mom from Indiana, went to a public bathroom and saw strange black marks on a changing table. These marks may appear innocent enough, but they may not be what they seem.
The young mom wrote a post on Facebook to reveal the sad and shocking truth behind these marks. She wrote:
See the black marks? Those are from burnt spoons. Addicts use these as tables while they shoot up.
Jessica wrote the post in order to warn other parents, and marks from burnt spoons are not even the worst part of it. If the changing table was used by a drug addict, there may also be drug residue and the addict’s bodily fluids, which can put babies at serious risk.
How does Jessica know about the possible origin of these marks? She used to be a drug addict, but she’s recovered. And her goal is to spread the word about this danger to as many parents as possible.
It looks like she succeeded! To date, her post has been shared more than 130,000 times. Some people in the comments thanked her, and some simply expressed their shock and disgust:
This phenomenon is not new, nor is it uncommon. Last year, Kent Police Department issued a warning to parents about changing tables being used by drug addicts:
It’s not only the U.S. that is affected. A test conducted in the South West of the UK in 2011 showed that 9 out of 10 baby changing units had traces of cocaine on them.
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With or without drugs, changing tables in public bathrooms are often unsanitary. It’s recommended for parents to use disposable bed pads and/or wipe the surface thoroughly before laying a baby on the table to change their diaper. Keep your babies safe!