In what is sure to send a shudder of disgust down the spines of new parents the world over, new revelations have emerged about the dangers of exposing their babies to a seemingly innocuous experience that we have all done at one time or another.
An Indiana woman who is a former intravenous drug user has a disturbing warning to all moms and dads who might find themselves in a situation where they need to make use of a public diaper changing table.
She is urging everyone to take extra care before laying their precious child on the innocuous-looking plastic contraption, as there may be unknown dangers lurking on the surface.
In a September 23rd Facebook post, Jessica Wayman sends an urgent warning to all parents of diaper-wearing babies:
“PSA: Before putting your babies anywhere near these things, ALWAYS wipe them down first. Even if you are in a hurry, even if you have a blanket to lay down. See the black marks? Those are from burnt spoons.
“Addicts use these as tables while they shoot up. There could be residue from heroin/meth whatever, and other harmful bodily fluids. If someone doesn’t care about themselves, I can promise you, they aren’t thinking about your kids. Be cautious
“SHARE so this can reach as many parents/guardians/babysitters as possible. It could mean the difference between life or death/serious life-threatening injury, for a lot of innocent children & unsuspecting parents.”
Then, once her enlightening post had gone viral, Ms. Wayman made an addendum to the original warning in response to the feedback she received.
“EDIT: I never expected this to get so much attention, but since it is, to clarify some of the things I’m seeing being questioned, this is in reference to changing stations in single person bathrooms & in handicapped stalls, yes this is VERY REAL.
“I am a recovering addict myself, which is why I made this post in the first place, to warn all the unsuspecting parents who would never think something like this when looking at a changing table. Along with people using them as tables while they shoot up, they are also OFTEN used by addicts to bust drugs out and crush them up upon. So again, be cautious.”
I don't know about you but, thanks to this woman's honest revelation, I'm going to do an extra wipe-down of the next changing table I lay my sweet darling on. I hope you decide to do the same...