A mother has revealed the shocking truth behind the black marks left on a baby’s changing table in a public parents’ room.
The young woman, from Indiana in the US, took to social media to share a seemingly innocent picture showing the children’s changing area.
The table has what appears to be everyday scuffs – but the reason behind them is far more harrowing than you think.
Now, the mother hopes to warn parents around the world about the possible dangers of not cleaning the area properly before using.
A mother has revealed the shocking truth behind the black marks left on a baby’s changing table in a public parents’ room
‘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,’ she warned.
‘See the black marks? Those are from burnt spoons. (Drug) addicts use these as tables while they shoot up.
‘There could be residue from heroin or 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.
‘All it would take is flakes getting stuck to a blanket, and the baby later putting the blanket in their mouth. Especially with all the fentanyl out there right now, it takes a tiny amount to kill a full grown adult, it would take even less to kill a tiny baby.’
The reformed drug addict said the burn marks can often appear in changing stations located in public bathrooms and handicapped stalls.
‘Yes this is very real,’ she said.
‘Share so this can reach to as many parents, guardians and babysitters as possible. It could mean the difference between life or death or a serious life threatening injury, for a lot of innocent children and unsuspecting parents.’
The woman wanted to issue a warning to fellow parents about the possible dangers of not cleaning the area properly before using (stock image)
Being all too familiar with the scene, the mother wanted to share her post in the hope of encouraging parents to think twice about using a public changing table.
‘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,’ she said.
‘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.
‘It just hit me when I saw it, that the only people would know about this are addicts or recovering addicts, and I should do my part to warn other parents of the danger.
‘So again, be cautious.’
Her post has since been shared more than 90,000 times on Facebook after it was published on Sunday night.