Concerned Mother Asks Strangers in Public Bathroom to Avoid Hand Dryers, Because of Her Daughter’s Extreme Sensitivity to Loud Noises

This mom was recently faced with harsh criticism from a lady after she asked strangers entering a public bathroom if they could use paper towels instead of hand dryers because her daughter was terrified of loud noises. Here’s what happened.

Her Daughter’s Challenges

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Her daughter Ivy was five years old, but things were not easy for her. She had ASD and struggled with anxiety. Loud noises, in general, terrified her, especially hand dryers.

She Had Sensory Issues

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Ivy had difficulty moving her body, problems with her tummy, bad dreams, and strange fears. She also had trouble talking, making friends, and more. Every day was particularly hard because everything she did was a big struggle.

Problems With Public Bathrooms

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Because of these struggles, using public bathrooms was tough. Whenever they left the house, she had to take consider her fear of bathrooms. This made it difficult for them to navigate places like the mall

Ivy Loved the Library

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Ivy really liked stories, so they often went to the library to read books together. But the library’s bathroom had a noisy air dryer and a paper towel dispenser. Whenever Ivy needed to use the bathroom, she would go with her and politely ask people coming in to use the paper towels instead of the noisy air dryer.

Most People Understood

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Some people were nice about it, and it was never a problem for anyone until now. “Yesterday, a lady came in to wash her hands, and when I asked her, she rolled her eyes at me and just blatantly told me no,” she said.

The Lady Used the Hand Dryer

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Her daughter, who was already in the bathroom, started panicking and tried to leave the bathroom, but it was too late. The lady turned on the noisy air dryer, and Ivy got really upset and started hyperventilating. She had to take Ivy out, and it took a while to calm her down.

The Lady Was Judgemental

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Later, the lady walked by them and rolled her eyes again. She told her that she wasn’t doing Ivy a favor and that Ivy was old enough to learn to deal. She was surprised at the rude woman, so she told her to get out.

Her Husband Felt She Was Entitled

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She thought the lady was mean, but her husband kind of agreed with her. He said they shouldn’t expect everyone to accommodate  Ivy and that they were being a little demanding.

She Disagreed

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But she thought differently. “It’s such a small thing, though, and I never imagined it could be an inconvenience to anyone, or I would not have asked. Paper towels are more hygienic anyway,” she said.  She felt Ivy was already dealing with so much.  Now Ivy doesn’t like to go to the library anymore as it is now scary for her.

The Online Community Responded

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One person said, “The world isn’t going to cater to her. You don’t get to tell strangers what to do.”

Another commented, “There’s going to be plenty of loud noises that you can’t control. Sirens, screaming babies, loud music, carnivals, chatter on buses. You need to understand you can’t control every single noise incident in public.”

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