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DIY slime project brutally burns 11-year-old girl, family says

30 March 2017

A MA girl suffered second- and third-degree burns after playing with homemade slime.

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

Her mother Siobhan told CBS: 'She was crying in pain, "My hands hurt, my hands hurt"'.

Kathleen Quinn was making homemade slime when she says her hands started hurting. "When we looked at them, they were covered in blisters".

"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.

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

It was determined that the burns came from the extended handling of Borax, which is an ingredient in homemade slime.

Borax has been used safely for decades as a detergent, but it comes with warnings right on the box.

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"So we believe that it's something that should be used exclusively for its intended objective as a cleaner or a laundry booster, not as something for children, particularly, young children, to play around with in making things like slime".

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

The gooey stuff has been around for a while, but it surged in popularity this year as more parents and kids began to share their creations on social media. And most children make it and play with it over and over and never suffer any injuries.

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

She told WECT6 that she hopes other parents will take note of the potentially harmful effects of the project.

"I feel awful", Siobhan told the news outlet.

Borax, also known as sodium tetraborate, is a short-term irritant when exposed to skin or eyes. In February, a mother in the United Kingdom posted Facebook photos of her daughter's burned, peeling hands.

DIY slime project brutally burns 11-year-old girl, family says