Girl ends up with 3rd-degree burns from homemade slime

Doctors say the girl’s burns come from prolonged exposure to Borax one of the main ingredients in slime

A MA girl is recovering after she suffered second- and third-degree burns to her hands from the popular do-it-yourself slime project.

"It felt, like, really hot and tingly", Kathleen Quinn said.

Kathleen missed a week of school and has to sleep with her hands in splints.

Quinn's mother, Siobhan, said by the time they picked the girl up from her friend's house the following morning, she was crying in pain and her hands were covered in blisters. Most likely the result of prolonged exposure to borax, which is one of the main ingredients in that slime.

"I've had other mothers say, 'Oh, we've made it a million times, it's fine, nothing happened to my child, '" Siobhan told WCVB. Quinn said she was happy when her daughter chose to do something educational.

"[It] is meant to be a household cleaner or an additive for your laundry".

Her parents took her to the hospital, where doctors said she had second and third degree burns.

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"I thought it was great".

According to WCVB, Kathleen Quinn made some homemade slime last weekend.

"If you use it according to the recipe for these slime recipes, it actually would be okay, but you need a lot of supervision because if the child misinterprets teaspoon or tablespoon and gives too much, you can definitely see burns", Branch noted.

Elmer's has increased production of its most popular slime-making glues, while other retailers are also trying to capitalize on the phenomenon.

This week, an expert at Consumer Reports warned parents to be cautious while handling Borax.

A quick YouTube search produces several slime or "gak" recipes using borax mixed with glue, water and food coloring.

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