Everyone remembers playing with green slime as a kid and it’s still popular today, but playing with it can actually leave kids with a list of health troubles.
In January, a new health warning was issued by The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit environmental health and research organization who cited that Polymer and Borax, a “natural” ingredient used in many household cleaning products is linked to female hormonal disruption and fertility problems when used in large quantities. And in men, large amounts of the ingredient can lower a male’s sperm and libido count.
Dr. Richard Uluski, a Connecticut pediatrician told WCMH-TV that DIY GAK is “Something that’s a chemical (and) should not be used as a toy.”
Even though, “It’s very popular because it makes the stuff that you see in the stores and you can dye it all different colors. It is just like putting lead in paint and putting that on a toy and kids don’t want to put that in their mouth so it’s the same aspect here.”
But when it comes to GAK being made in schools, that’s a different story. Current law mandates that science teachers and other educational professionals dilute it to a non-toxic level (1g of Borax for every 20 ml of H20).
So as long as teachers are following the protocol, kids should be safe playing with it in school. But at home, steer clear from the green stuff.
If you or a child does ingest it call the American Association of Poison Control at 800-222-1222 for help.
(H/T: Crime Online)
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