Published: Thu, March 30, 2017
Medical | By Dorothy Lyons

Girl badly burned by homemade slime (graphic photos)

Girl badly burned by homemade slime (graphic photos)

A common ingredient in DIY slime is to blame for a MA girl's second- and third-degree burns, according to reports.

Quinn's daughter, Kathleen, is recovering from burns on her hands that her mother says were caused by borax, an ingredient in numerous popular recipes for do-it-yourself slime.

Her mom and dad were startled to see their daughter's hands were covered in blisters and immediately took her to the hospital.

Her parents rushed her to the hospital, where she was found to have suffered second and third degree burns on her hands.

Kathleen's mother said her daughter had made the slime many times before without issue.

"In some ways, I'm not really surprised because, prolonged contact with any kind of chemical can lead to either chemical burns or an allergic reaction", said Dr. Max Gomez. Kathleen is expected to make a full recovery. While she was at sleep-over, she noticed her hands were in pain.

Despite the "good clean fun" of homemade slime, doctors recommend skipping the borax when making your own.

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Borax, or sodium tetraborate, is a natural mineral that has been used for laundry and house cleaning for more than a century. She loved making the slime so much she would sell her slimy creations to kids at her school.

A close look at the injuries Kathleen Quinn sustained after making "slime."

"I feel like the worst mother", she said.

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.

When she came home, her dad put ointment on her hands and placed them in white gloves to relieve the pain.

Although many YouTube tutorials for the DIY slime feature Borax, some offer substitutes for the household cleaner like the edible cornstarch, baking soda and even salt. It's worth noting that other recipes for homemade "slime" call for using corn starch or liquid starch, instead of Boric acid.

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