You are out running errands and your baby needs a diaper change. Of course, you want to find a clean place, but is the changing table at a high-end department store any cleaner than one at a fast food restaurant or in the dreaded gas station bathroom?
The hosts of the Emmy award-winning daytime talk show The Doctors put diaper tables around Los Angeles to the test. They swabbed four tables at different locations and then sent the samples to a lab for testing. The locations included a pharmacy, fast food restaurant, grocery store, and fancy department store.
Surprisingly, the pharmacy was the cleanest, with the other three all testing positive for bacteria – the fast food restaurant for staphylococcus, the grocery store for bacillus, and most surprising, the department store for traces of bacillus and pseudomonas. Whereas the first three changing tables were all hard plastic, the department store had a cloth cover that looked nice, but was probably a germ magnet.
Dr. Travis recommends using cleaning wipes for public changing tables. He also cautions mothers who carry around their own covers for public changing tables that they may be carrying germs home.
He also reminded the audience that germs are everywhere and many are helpful for building good health, so there’s no need to be paranoid.
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