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The risk of public diaper changing areas & portable diaper changing mat

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Public baby changing tables help millions of traveling families by providing the convenience of a flat, private surface on which to change dirty diapers. When parents do not properly clean the table after use, it becomes evident that the “convenience” is being taken for granted.
Babies are extremely susceptible to infection and disease. Improper cleaning of baby changing tables assists in the spread of common colds as well as infectious diseases.
These issues are discussed and debated on online forums for parents including
www.daddytypes.com and www.babynet.com. Some parents resort to carry their own portable changing mat, which, it may not the best solution. 

 

According to Catharine Shaner, a pediatrician with the American Safety and Health Institute, a parent should Never put (his) child's bare bottom on a public diaper changing area unless (he is) able to disinfect the area. Children under two years of age could be exposed to the Streptococcus faecalis bacteria, which causes urinary tract infections, E coli, or rotavirus, a leading cause of childhood diarrhea and hospitalization. She added "It is wise to avoid using your own changing mat on public diaper decks, where it can become contaminated with surface bacteria and viruses. Putting it back into the diaper bag can spread germs to other items, such as toys, bottles, and pacifiers. Instead, purchase soft, disposable, cloth-like pads to put under the youngster's bottom to avoid any skin/surface contact in public changing areas, and dispose of the pad after use."          USA Today (Society for the Advancement of Education),  August, 2002  


  Changing station in public restroom may contaminated with bacteria.

         Some interesting facts:
  • For a newborn, a diaper must be changed every 2 hours, amounting to approximately 8-12 diapers per day
  • for a newborn and 6-8 diapers for older babies.
  • Nearly 90 percent of parents bring their children with them most or all of the time when they shop or visit public places, including casual restaurants.”
  • When in public, people naturally gravitates toward the restroom when baby needs a diaper change. Unfortunately, in the United States, an estimated 40% of restrooms are not equipped with changing tables.
 
BabyDeck stroller solves the following problems of today's parents
 

Scenario 1                         The long lines associated with public ladies’ rooms is nothing new. The situation is exacerbated for new mothers who desperately need to change their babies and are forced to wait in line.

 
         Parents in despair in long line for restroom


A common scene, long wait in line at public restroom

 
     

 

Scenario 2
In even so-called “family-friendly” restaurants, some restrooms do not come equipped with diaper changing tables which forces parents to search for a place to change their babies’ diapers sometimes causing them to choose the floor or the dining table.

 

 

 

 

                Mother changing diaper on the floor at a crowded place.

Mother changing diaper on a park bench
 
Scenario 3
On vacation, many tourist spots sadly lack restroom facilities, much less baby changing tables. Young couples are forced to find any suitable flat surface upon which to change their babies

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Scenario 4

In a men’s restroom, some new fathers are embarrassed to change their baby girls’ dirty diapers in a room full of strange men. They may resort to placing the baby on their laps while “sitting on the toilet” or performing a “standing diaper change” in a stall.
In a twist on what some call gender bias, fathers become frustrated to learn many male restrooms are not equipped with diaper changing tables in places where women’s restrooms are equipped with them. This apparent inequality between men’s and women’s restrooms is a specific source of contention for many stay-at-home fathers’ discussion boards online such as www.mdah.org.
 

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  Dirty changing station at one public restroom in California. Scenario 5
Parents were frustrated to learn the changing table in a public restroom was abused by its previous customer to such a degree that it was too filthy to put their baby down for changing.
 
 

 

 

 

Scenario 6
When parents could not locate adequate restroom facilities in an outdoor park, they resort to changing baby’s diaper on the ground or any suitable flat surface upon which to change their babies.
Some parents rely on using their vehicles to change baby’s diaper.

 

 

 

 

 

In a park lacking appropriate facilities, parents change baby on the lawn with the use of a portable changing pad. 

 

 

Scenario 7
A commercial changing mat, when placed on public diaper decks, may become contaminated with surface bacteria and viruses. Putting it back into the diaper bag can spread germs to other items, such as toys, bottles, and pacifiers.  This is confirmed to by the research conducted by Catharine Shaner, a pediatrician with the American Safety and Health Institute.
Scenario 8
In many American shopping malls, one is required   to traverse a significant distance to find the nearest   facility. In general, mall restrooms are strategically   located down long hallways in less trafficked areas   so they do not distract from the mall’s overall   design  and mood. In addition, restrooms may have   long lines or are unequipped for families.
 

 

 

A shopping mall is usually a place where traveling to restroom requires a long walk.

 

 

 

 
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