Watch out for what is called SLIME!!!
Lately, poison centers in our region have witnessed an increased number of calls related to Slime ingestion. So, what is slime?
Slime is a sticky, paste-like substance that children play with and can be made at home.It is a mixture of household substances that together create a flexible and sticky material that is easy for children to control. Slime comes with brilliant colors, attractive packages and has a very good smell. This makes it very tempting to young children to taste and even eat large amounts enough to cause severe symptoms.
Some of its ingredients (like white glue, starch, glitter and shaving cream) are generally considered to have minor toxicity and can cause mild GI upset. However, there are other ingredients that can cause more severe symptoms.
Laundry detergent is one of those dangerous ingredients in the homemade slime. It may produce burns of the GI if ingested in large quantities. Borax or sodium borate is another toxic ingredient. Ingestion of this household chemical can cause symptoms ranging from mild nausea and vomiting to acute kidney injury depending on its amount and concentration.
Few countries have restricted or banned Slime use due to the cases reported to their poison centers. Therefore, in countries where slime is still available parents should watch closely their children when playing with Slime and call the poison center if they suspect any amount is eaten.