The padding incident is far from the only concern in a fast food playground. Ball pits, one of the more popular fixtures in many indoor play area, are also one of more dangerous. There is a popular urban legend
that a young boy died in a ball pit after he was “pricked” by a syringe loaded with heroin. As far as we can tell, this is just a myth. But as WebMD reports, there are other real issues. “[W]orkers at ball pits have reported finding dirty diapers, half-eaten food, and, yes, even syringes among the balls.”
that the two big risks in ball pits are disease and collisions. The balls may be covered in germs from the other children. So be sure to bring some hand sanitizer along (if it’s not provided in the playground, as it should be) and try to stop your child from eating with their dirty hands directly after playing. And perhaps most importantly, if your child is sick, don’t let them play there because they may get others sick, too.
In order to minimize the risk of collisions, WebMD recommends you separate younger kids separate from bigger kids, and “discourage your children from burying themselves in the balls,” which unfortunately happens to be the whole point of a ball pit. Also, empty your child’s pockets so they don’t lose items in the ball pit and try to find them.
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