Girls Badly Burned By The Viral Homemade Slime Experiment Reveals Hidden Dangers

Girls Badly Burned By The Viral Homemade Slime Experiment Reveals Hidden Dangers

A MA family is warning others about the dangers of do-it-yourself homemade slime after their 11-year-old daughter suffered second- and third-degree burns on her hands, which doctors said is likely the result of prolonged exposure to one of the recipe's key ingredients.

Kathleen Quinn, of Rockland, said her hands began to feel really "hot and tingly" after she used Elmer's Glue, water and the household cleaner Borax to make the do-it-yourself slime at her kitchen table, CBS News reports.

Quinn said she rushed her daughter to the emergency room where doctors believe the chemical burn came from prolonged exposure to borax - one of the key ingredients.

Kathleen's mom, Siobhan, says her daughter tried out a YouTube recipe that included borax, which says on the box to "keep out of the reach of children" and it is an "eye irritant".

"I thought it was great", Siobhan Quinn told ABC 13.

The young girl's parents brought her to the hospital and she was treated for second- and third-degree burns.


Quinn is expected to make a full recovery. That's what may have been the case with Kathleen, who was woken in the middle of the night by a sudden pain in her hands. Rebekha D'Stephano of Manchester, England, told the Manchester Evening News earlier this month that her 10-year-old daughter, Deejay Jemmett, suffered chemical burns to her hands after making "unicorn slime".

Kathleen isn't the only child to suffer injuries from the slime, though.

Homemade slime recipes have been the latest social media craze, with glue flying off the shelves.

This week, an expert at Consumer Reports warned parents to be cautious while handling Borax. "I feel like the worst mother". Borax isn't a carcinogen and actually can't even really penetrate skin that well.

"This time I just think her hands had had enough, " Siobhan said.

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

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