Why you shouldn't let your child play in a ball-pit
KIDS love them however ball pits may not be the best place to let your children play with new information revealing they're rarely cleaned and covered in poo.
In a recent article a company has made the horrifying claim 99.9 per cent of the pits are havens for germs.
Mark Hall from StemProtect.co.uk said: "I'm a parent of very young children, I've watched some of these places with my professional hat on, and what I've learned has truly disturbed me."
"You take your kids to these ball pit play warehouses to have fun but I've seen kids emerge with their legs covered in poo.
And when he spoke to staff at the businesses they revealed some truly poor hygiene practices.
"We're forever dealing with little ones spewing and pooing, but there's only so much you can do. We get the worst of it out, but proper deep cleans are few and far between," one staffer said.
"Actually, spilled drinks like cola and juice are the worst, because nobody ever reports that kind of incident, and everything ends up sticky."
And while Hall's information may be anecdotal a peer-reviewed study from Virginia in 1999 also found hygiene issues with the popular pits.
The study titled: "Are ball pits the playground for potentially harmful bacteria?" found the play areas presented a legitimate concern for health care providers and parents.
It recommended more rigorous cleaning regimens than the ones it found to be in place.