We've been spending our week at the YMCA with swim lessons and just swimming after. Yesterday, I saw something that totally grossed me out.
I was sitting pool side at the baby pool nursing Jack when a mom sat down next to me with her 3 yo. She asked if I would be offended if she changed her son into his swimsuit right there, I said no, and she laid him down and started to change him. He was wearing a disposable pull-up and it was POOPY! She put on a swim diaper without wiping his POOPY butt! She stopped in the middle of pulling it up, said Uh Oh, looked at his butt ( I thought, thank goodness) and then finished pulling it up!! She put him in the pool without a second thought.
I got my kids out ASAP and we left. I was speechless.
I wish now of course that I had called her on it. At the time, I didn't know what to do. I had visions of her calling me a pervert for staring at her son's privates. I didn't think the Y guards would ask her to drop her son's drawers to check, if the evidence hadn't already washed away.
I am not naive, I know that public pools are public toilets. I expect kids to pee in the water and occasionally poop. I just expect the PARENTS to be more responsible, KWIM?
You might want to have the YMCA post a "general policy" sort of notice in the locker rooms and/or by the pool about make sure children are clean when then go into the water. That way, next time you would have something to point to as the "bad guy" (the Y policy) rather than having to just say "that's gross". Sometimes that makes it easier to speak up. And I'm sure the Y would want to know that they have a potential problem.
I don't know what I would have done if I were you, but I know that I would never have put my baby in the pool with a poopy bum!
Yesterday we went to the wading pool. My dd is pretty much potty trained, but she still had a swim diaper on just in case. She needed to pee, so dh took her to the potty. Later on, she climbed out of the water and I noticed some water had gone through her diaper and came out looking a bit dirty. I checked her and saw that she'd pooped in her diaper. Well....outta the water she got and I got her undressed, out of the diaper and home. He shoud at the very least had a swim diaper on if she wasn't going to wipe the poop off his butt. The pool is NOT a bath tub. Bleck!
That'a freaking gross! I sure would have called her on it. Go to the freakin locker room and clean your kid up, lady, if you don't have wipes. Seriously! That's how disease is spread. Check out the link above. I would talk to the lifeguard too. It sounds like they need to have some signs posted.
I would have definitely left with my kids and reported it. They have to clean the pool when someone has pooped. The other day I forgot one of my girls swim diapers so we had to borrow a disposable one to swim in the pool. Of course, she had a poop. I discovered it because she was walking around dripping brown juice. It holds the solid in but not the juice. YUCK! We left (even though it was my dd's poop) and didn't come back until the pool was cleaned.
That is how Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease can be spread. We've had that once and don't want to go through it again.
Oh this reminds me of another *gross* baby pooping in water story! It was while I was pregnant with Orion...
Our old apts had a pool and hot tub. One dad was there with like 5 little ones, all around 3 (they weren't all his children, I knew some of these kiddos). They were all in swim diapers. They all went into the hot tub, (we were in the pool at this point) and then get out a few minutes later. We didn't think anything of it, and awhile later we get into the hot tub (the jets were still going, and the lighting at night isn't so good there). Once we're in the *smell* hits us. NOTHING will smell as gross as boiled and swirled (from the jets) kid poop. uke As we were racing to get out I noticed more near the hot tub on the ground. GROSS! The guy didn't even try to clean it up or notify anyone or anything!
laralou, I agree they should clean the pool, but I think the response would have been more in line with BusyMomma's first story. I reported fecal leakage from a swim dipe once, and because they couldn't see anything, they didn't do anything.
Thanks for your responses and suggestions. Right now my pool does not have any rules/policies posted, they ordered new signs and have already removed the old signs, and the people at the desk don't know what changes are being implemented. The old policy required everyone to shower before entering the pool, like anyone did that!
I am going to ask more questions about 'fecal policies', however. I have never been asked to leave the any of their pools while they clean them, now that I think about it, and it seems that I should have experienced this sometime in the last five years....
And for the record, my five week old babe does not go anywhere near the water. He is way too little for all the germs and chemicals, IMO. The older kids,
HEY, YEAH UH, GROSS AS ALL GET OUT BUT WHAT ABOUT THAT POOR LITTLE GUY WALKING /SWIMMING AROUND WITH POOP IN HIS DIAPER???
HE MIGHT NOT HAVE MINDED I GUESS AT AGE THREE, ESPECIALLY IF SHE USUALLY DOES THIS SORT OF THING.... WELL, GUESS SHE'LL BE CHANGING THOSE DIAPERS A LITTLE LONGER THAN PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO GET IT OUT OF THERE BERFORE THEY GET USED TO IT.
This reminds me of an issue at our local hot springs pool last year. They had a policy against breastfeeding in the pool or on the deck and they tried to pretend that it was a health issue! They said that it was a health hazard to have breastmilk leaking into the pool!
I called up and gave my opinion - including the fact that what comes leaking out of swim diapers is the thing to be concerned about - NOT (for crying out loud!) breastmilk. (The issue went to a human rights tribunal and they later publicly changed their policy.)
onlyboys, that is gross. What is it with condoms? It seems like I find them everywhere I go with my kids. Except my bedroom.
jeca, it wasn't tact that held me back, it was sheer disbelief, followed by thoughts of how the situation could turn against me. I WAS watching her change her kid's clothes, I wasn't up for being accused of voyeurism.
I do ask myself if I could talk to her about it if me meet again, KWIM? Like, I know what you did last week, I'm watching you!!