Homemade Slime Leaves 11-Year-Old With 3rd-Degree Burns

Homemade Slime Leaves 11-Year-Old With 3rd-Degree Burns

An 11-year-old MA girl suffered second- and third-degree burns this month after being exposed to an ingredient in a popular do-it-yourself science project for children.

"She was crying in pain, 'My hands hurt, my hands hurt, '" Kathleen's mother, Siobhan Quinn, told WCVB. She said her daughter might be "looking at plastic surgery".

"The Borax is an acid and so the acid can burn the hands and topically can cause a significant burn", said Dr. Hillary Branch, a pediatrician at Baystate Medical Center.

Kathleen is recovering, but she's missed a week of school and has to sleep with her hands in splints. When she woke up the next morning, she had severe pain in her hands, WECT6 reports.

The Quinns had encouraged their daughter to make the slime seeing it as a welcome distraction to social media and other technology that pre-teens are typically consumed with, WCVB reported.

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For their part, Kathleen's doctors think that Quinn had an extreme reaction to Borax, one of the ingredients in the mixture. Borax isn't a carcinogen and actually can't even really penetrate skin that well.

"I feel like the worst mother", she said. It left blisters on her hands.

"Just because you have it around, just because it seems to be perfectly safe for those types of applications doesn't mean it should be used in anything else, particularly household slime", Dickerson said in a Consumer Reports news video earlier this month. More than 1.2 million results appear on YouTube from a search for "homemade slime".

There are borax-free alternatives in making slime, including one released by Buzzfeed that is mainly made up of liquid starch and glue. Her parents, on the other hand, are taking it upon themselves to warn other parents about taking extra precautions when dealing with common chemicals such as borax for children's projects. "It's fine. Nothing happened to my child.' We made it a million times, too", Quinn said.

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