Homemade Slime Can Cause Health Problems


green slime

Like most kids, my 12 year-old daughter got caught up in the latest DIY slime making trend. She loves science and she loves to experiment with making new things so I thought her newest passion was great. She was learning how to make her own slime at home rather than spending her free time watching TV or playing online games. When she gave me the ingredients list to buy, I have to admit, I wasn't too thrilled about her handling a few of the ingredients especially borax and laundry detergents. Nonetheless, I allowed her to make slime under my supervision because the ingredients were not safe for kids to handle.

The first slime batch my daughter made turned out pretty good. It was a bit gooey but aside from the loose consistency, I was impressed on how easy it was to make homemade slime. I made sure she wore gloves though simply because I didn't know if she would get skin irritation from handling borax and laundry detergents. When she passed the skin irritation test and after I had watched her make a couple more batches, I felt assured everything was fine. I did tell her to always wash her hands thoroughly after she was done making or playing with her slime. As she's gotten comfortable in making regular slime, she started to experiment with making fluffy and floam slime which is basically slime with added small styrofoam or plastic beads. The ingredients list grew longer and the quantity bigger - gallon size glue, glitter, foam beads, contact solution, shaving cream, and soft clay.

I think it was probably after one month of making and playing with slime that my daughter began to exhibit cold symptoms. She had a sore throat followed by a headache for about 5 days. Soon after that, her cough kicked in which didn't go away by the second week. She had this spasmodic cough that went on for 2 days until I started to suspect it was not an ordinary cough. My daughter has a pretty strong immune system. Whenever she would feel the first sign of a cold coming. I have had success in nipping the cold in the bud so the symptoms didn't manifest any further. She has always recovered quickly from any cold she's had except for this last one. I suspected it was probably the slime she was constantly playing with. I took away all her slime and at the same time, I gave her a natural cough syrup that contains elms bark. Within 2 days, her cough had subsided significantly. All of her cold like symptoms went away within 5 days.

I threw away any slime that was made from borax and laundry detergents. The only ones I allowed her to keep were the ones made from contact lens solution and natural hand soap. She also knows to limit her time playing with the slime to about 5-10 min a day and for the ones that is overly fragrant, she knows to wear a face mask. All the precautions we took have so far prevented her from getting sick. For all parent out there reading this, I hope you take diligent care when your kids make slime at home and to check the ingredients of whatever they are using to ensure they are not toxic with heavy fume or fragrance that may lead to respiratory problems.

white slime with poly beads

999 Itch Relief Eczema Ointment


It all began with a scratch here and there. Right around April of this year, my daughter started scratching her right elbow. She told me it was itchy and I just put moisturizer on it thinking it was no big deal. She continued to scratch her elbow throughout the week until a small rash developed. I rubbed some itching cream and she would stop itching for a day and then started scratching her elbow all over again. 

At the time, I didn't know anything about eczema. I heard about it but didn't know how bad it was until my daughter had elbow eczema. What started as a small rash turned into an agonizing months of intense itching that caused her skin to bleed. Then her left elbow got eczema too. So from April til now, I've researched and tried countless remedies that barely worked. I even spent $18 on a tiny 1 oz organic herbal ointment. Do you know how little is 1 oz? That bottle was about the size of my thumb. I was so convinced it was going to cure my daughter's eczema based on the ingredients and the fact that it was developed by 2 dermatologists who had kids with eczema. What a big disappointment!

I did everything I could think of to prevent my daughter from scratching especially in her sleep at night. I would tape down her sleeves so she couldn't pull them up to scratch. I wrapped cloths around her elbow. I tried organic shea butter, coconut oil, Moroccan oil, cortisone, natural itching creams, excluded citrus fruits from her diet, and removed potential allergy foods. Nothing worked. The closest thing that worked was cortisone but it only provided temporary relief. I hated how the cortisone cream was thinning and drying out her skin so I tried not to use it as much as possible. 

I considered acupuncture as my last resort. I had heard about it but thought it was too expensive. By October, I was getting too frustrated with how badly my daughters elbows were, I yelped around different acupuncture clinics but the price per visit was a jaw dropping high. $80 per visit. Reviewers say it took them around 2-3 visits to finally see good results. I started narrowing down the 2 best clinics in my city to set up the appointment. 

Right before Halloween, I dropped by a Chinese herbal shop to pick up some cold medicines in preparation for the cold and flu season as a lot of people were sick. After I paid for the medicines, I thought "eh, what the heck, just ask the herbalist". I asked if he had anything for itchy skin and he showed me a small red box. I bought it and went home to google the ingredients. The active ingredients were menthol, camphor, and dexamethasone acetate. I hate long scientific names like the dexa one so I googled to find out about it and learned that it has anti-inflammatory properties and is in the corticosteroid class. Another particular inactive ingredient that I caught my attention right away was ethylparaben. I avoid products that end with 'paraben' as this group of chemicals have been shown to cause cancer. 

I really didn't want to use the Chinese ointment because of the paraben ingredient and I was sure the dexamethasone ingredient was going to thin out my daughter skin just like cortisone. A few days later, right before bed, my daughter said she didn't want me to tape down her sleeves anymore because it made her more itchy. I threw my hands up in the air and thought I should give the ointment a try. I always pay attention to her reaction after I rub something on her elbow. Usually she'll get more itchy and will try to sneak in a couple of scratches but this ointment stopped her itchiness immediately.  

A big sigh of relief when I discovered that she hadn't scratch at all that night when I checked her elbows in the morning. Within 3 days of applying the cream in the morning and right before bed time, the redness and scaly skin significantly subsided. By the 5th day, her skin looked healthy. I was overjoyed. 

It has been 3 weeks now, and her elbows look completely healed. She would gently scratch her elbow once in a while and I would check her elbow for signs of redness or any indication that her eczema has returned. So far, nothing. I am so overjoyed. It's been more than a 6 months battle and I am so happy that we beat this horrible skin problem. 

I'm sharing this amazing product with you because it has worked in treating my daughter elbow eczema. The brand is 999 itch ointment. I checked online and they do have it available. I hope that it will help with your eczema ordeal.