Homemade slime gives girl 3rd-degree burns

Little Girl Sustains 3rd Degree Burns While Making Homemade Slime

The blistering burns were a result of handling homemade slime, the newest social media craze that's inspiring kids to make their own with do-it-yourself recipes.

"It felt like really hot and tingly", Kathleen told ABC 13.

However, shortly afterwards she noticed her hands were in pain.

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.

When Quinn picked her up the next day, she was crying in pain.

Siobhan Quinn didn't stop her daughter, Kathleen, from making homemade slime from a popular DIY recipe. The girl had second and third-degree burns covering her hands, because of her contact with detergent booster borax, her doctor said.

"I've had other mothers say, 'Oh, we've made it a million times, it's fine, nothing happened to my child, '" she told WCVB.

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"It's not created to be a component for household projects like making slime", Consumer Reports Chief Scientific Officer James Dickerson tells PEOPLE.

"I thought it was great", she said.

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

According to the American Chemical Society, slime is a common science experiment that is conducted in middle school classrooms to teach students about non-Newtonian fluids, or fluids that don't operate under Newton's Law of Viscosity.

But Quinn, mother to 11-year-old Kathleen, didn't realize that such an innocent and educational project could do so much harm.

Despite warnings that Borax is meant to be used as a cleaner or laundry additive, many parents allow their children to continue using it in what they believe is a harmless activity.

YouTube also has multiple videos on making slime without the use of Borax.

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