Mum warns parents about hidden dangers of black marks on public baby changing tables in the US

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer
A mother has warned others about the dangers of not cleaning a public changing table [Photo: Getty]

A mother has shared a warning to parents on the dangers of using public changing tables without cleaning them first.

Jessica Wayman from Indiana took to Facebook to claim that the black marks you often see on the device aren’t necessarily scuffs from wear and tear but proof that drug use has taken place in the past.

She took to the social media platform to warn parents: “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,” she continued. “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.”


Wayman later added that she is a recovering drug addict and advises parents to be particularly cautious of single person bathrooms or disabled toilets.

Within a mere matter of hours, the post soon garnered more than 111,000 shares and fellow Facebook users took to the post to share how they ensure the table is clean prior to changing their baby’s nappy.

One wrote: “One of the many reasons I always carry Clorox wipes with me! But honestly I always go to my vehicle and change my twins. I only go to the bathroom when I have to change them right away and going to my vehicle isn’t convenient at the time. You just never know what or who you’ll encounter these days.”

Another praised Wayman for highlighting the little-known health risk, “A lot of people wouldn’t even think of that. But it’s everywhere and I’m really thankful you shared this!”

According to Baby Centre, it is essential for parents to keep changing mats clean with an antibacterial wipe or spray. If changing your baby on a towel or muslin, make sure to wash it regularly in hot water.


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