Homemade Slime Leaves 11-Year-Old With 3rd-Degree Burns

Homemade slime

When kids are having fun and being creative at the same time, no parent wants to come in and be the spoilsport, but what if the thing that was keeping them happily busy had the potential to do serious harm? A Massachusetts girl suffered second- and third-degree burns after playing with homemade slime. If your kids are head over heels for this latest craze, you'll want to read this.


Eleven-year-old Kathleen Quinn made homemade slime at a sleepover party, but when she returned home, she told her parents her hands hurt as she cried in pain. 

"It felt hot and tingly," Quinn told Fox 4 News.

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

Homemade slime causes burns
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So just what caused this traumatic injury? Doctors said Quinn's second- and third-degree burns were due to extended exposure to Borax One -- a common ingredient in homemade slime. 

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This isn't the first time we've heard that homemade slime was causing harm to kids. Last month, mom blogger Carolyn West shared her daughter's experience at This Talk Ain't Cheapexplaining that her slime-obsessed child's illness, which included headaches, sore throat, and general discomfort, refused to abate -- until West and her husband curbed their kid's favorite pastime: making slime. 

Problems often arise when kids use household cleaners in their DIY recipes. While many use glue, baking soda, and food coloring, adding cleaners can cause a health risk if kids spend a long time holding -- or worse, inhaling -- them.

So, what can parents do to ensure kids can still enjoy this new pastime but not put themselves in danger?

  • Have an adult measure the ingredients so too much of one isn't in the mix.
  • It's best to wash hands immediately after playing with slime. 
  • Use a recipe that doesn't contain Borax. Science-focused site Wonder How To offers five Borax-free recipes that'll make you feel good about your kids' spending hours with that ooey-gooey slime.

No one wants to be the party pooper, but keeping kids safe is always a top priority.

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