The Truth About Public Restroom Changing Tables

On a good day, research shows that 9 out of 10 changing tables in public restrooms test positive for bacteria, feces, and even drugs. Now add the possibility of COVID-19 spores on surfaces and in the air from the previous bathroom guest. Downright scary for mom and baby. Experts are telling us; less is more when it comes to packing your diaper bag in the COVID-19 era when taking your baby out and on the go. The objective….to have fewer items that can potentially get exposed to the Coronavirus particles in public spaces.

If you are the mom or dad who wants to stuff your daily diaper bag with everything you “might” need, health experts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Public School of Health suggest thinking again. Take for example, changing your baby in a public restroom or other space. The suggestion is to put those personal items including babies items, (toys, pacifier, and other distractions) away so as not to have them get exposed to virus particles, and to have only what you need at your fingertips.

Infectious Disease specialists from the Global Health Committee suggest come prepared if possible. What does that mean? It means, leave the unnecessary stuff behind, even better, leave them at home. If you are going to bring along a multitude of items, they recommend carrying hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes with you to wipe down each item and any high-touch surfaces in the bathroom before and after changing your baby’s diaper and to limit your time and touch in public spaces. And that cellphone you might want to bring in with you, leave that in your bag as well. The fewer items exposed the better.

Experts are still learning about the novel coronavirus: The information in this story is what is known or available as of the reporting of the story. Please check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the most updated recommendations.