This well forgotten, ancient method for treating baby’s diaper rash is very effective and harm free. The ingredients are so simple, and popular, that most everyone has them in their kitchen! Here is what you need:
- Egg (egg white)
- Corn starch
- Cotton balls (two)
- Diaper changing pad/cloth (to lay baby on)
- Bottle (to put corn starch into for more convenience)
*I use a bottle from store-bought baby powder that I emptied out. Spice or salt shakers with large holes in their lids make good powder containers as well.
Separate the egg white from the egg yolk into a cup or a bowl. Toss away yolk or save it for some recipe that requires it. Wash and dry the diaper area.
Dip one cotton ball into the egg white and apply to the effected area. Dab another clean cotton ball into the cornstarch and apply it on top of the egg white application. (For the convenience I put corn starch into the empty baby-powder bottle and sprinkle it on top of the egg white application.) This will take all the moist away. Then put a diaper on.
This method is so effective in treating a diaper rash that depends on the severeness of it, it may help from the first time of applying it. If a diaper rash is really, really bad, it will only take just about three times of applying it and the baby’s but will look very happy once again! For best results apply it over night.
*If your baby has a yeast rash this will not help but opposite yeast will feed on cornstarch and will get worse. Different methods needs to be used.
**Babies may get diaper rash from baby wipes with alcohol and fragrance. If this happen just use plain water to wash the baby.
One time my baby’s diaper rash was so severe I let him sleep without a diaper over night. The next morning it was a disaster. He woke up cold, wet and unhappy with soiled everything that is around him. The unfortunate part is that his butt was still all red/inflamed. When I applied this remedy on him, his diaper rash got better after only first time of applying it. I applied it with every diaper change. In about two days or so, it was gone! From now on, this is my number one solution that I tell my friends about. It truly works!
Benefits of egg white:
- Protects skin cells from damage through vitamin B and powerful antioxidants, amino acids, and proteins that’s in egg whites.
- Re-builds skin cells, in other words acts as building blocks of skin tissue.
- Nourishes the skin and promotes cell repair.
- Cleans the skin, dries it, and shrinks the skin pores.
- Prevents bacteria growth.
Benefits of corn starch:
- It is a perfect ingredient to keep the area dry.
- Soothes skin irritations.
Personal intolerance to egg white and cornstarch. Cornstarch may cause respiratory problems in infants when inhaling it too much, so be careful. If rash lasts more then 3-4 days call your doctor. Consult your doctor if rash worsens and doesn’t go away but develops pimples or blisters and/or extends beyond diaper area.
Commercial diaper rash creams:
I happened to have a store-bought diaper rash cream on my medicine shelf. I looked up into every ingredient that is listed on the container, active and inactive, and searched at the risk factors/side effects of using it. Just something to consider and to know about. Lets dive into details.
Zinc oxide an active ingredient and only ingredient under “Active Ingredient” section. It is inorganic compound, white powder that is not able to be dissolved in water, and it is widely used as an additive in numerous materials and products including rubbers, plastics, ceramics, glass, cement, lubricants, paints, ointments, adhesives, sealants, pigments, foods, batteries, ferrites, fire retardants, and first-aid tapes. Although it occurs naturally as the mineral zincite, most zinc oxide is produced synthetically. (1) Zinc oxide may get you some side effects such as allergic reactions like hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. (2)
Inactive ingredients: means that the ingredients are present in the cream and may affect the body in a negative way as much as active ingredients may. They just don’t help directly in achieving active ingredient’s performance/goal of the treatment. Not all inactive ingredients are safe and, in some cases, are more dangerous than the active ingredients. (3)
*The unfortunate fact is that inactive ingredients may still do harm to our babies even if they are called “inactive”.
Dimethicone: anti-foaming agent, skin protectant-it prevents water loss by forming a hydrating barrier on the skin. (4) Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur: Severe allergic reactions (rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue), severe or persistent itching, burning, or stinging, skin irritation, worsening dryness. (5)
Magnesium sulfate: is an inorganic salt. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur: Severe allergic reactions (rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue), dizziness, flushing, irregular heartbeat, muscle paralysis or weakness, severe drowsiness, sweating. (6)
Methylparaben: used to preserve food and cosmetics. It is a fungicide and anti-bacterial agent, extending the shelf-life of a product. Methylparaben is quickly absorbed through the skin and accelerate the growth of cancerous tumors. (7)
Peg-30 dipolyhydroxystearate: emulsifying (form into) agent and surfactant (a chemical agent capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved). May contain harmful impurities, including: Ethylene Oxide, known to increase the incidences of uterine and breast cancers and of leukemia and brain cancer, according to experimental results reported by the National Toxicology Program. Products and formulas containing PEGs should not be used on broken or irritated skin. (8)
Petrolatum: soft paraffin or wax mixture.The side effects of petrolatum include finding the petroleum byproduct in breast tumors, suffocation of the skin, premature aging and aggravated acne. (9)
Phenoxyethanol: fights bacteria. It can cause skin and lung irritation. It’s also toxic to the kidneys, nervous system, and liver, and repeated, long-term exposure can cause organ damage. It notes that toxic effects can occur through inhalation, skin exposure, and ingestion. (10)
Potassium hydroxide: strong alkaline chemical available in pellets and flakes. It is one of the compounds people call lye. Potassium hydroxide is included in cleaning products, and has uses in industry and in medical diagnostics. It also has a role as an alternative health product. It is considered poisonous. Swallowing potassium hydroxide can have severe and even life-threatening effects. It may result in burns to the mouth, throat, esophagus and stomach, severe mouth, throat and abdominal pain, diarrhea, throat swelling shut, and a swift drop in blood pressure, which is a symptom of a shock reaction. (11)
Propylparaben: an anti-fungal preservative. In 2004 study published by the Journal of Applied Toxicology, 18 of 20 malignant breast tumors showed high concentrations of parabens. (12)
Sorbitan sesquioleate: this medication is used as a moisturizer to treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin and minor skin irritations such as diaper rash. Should not apply the product on the face, any areas of broken, chapped, cut, irritated, scraped skin, or on a recently shaved area of the skin. Side effects may be a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling (especially of the face, tongue, throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. (13)
Tocopheryl acetate: tocopheryl acetate is a form of vitamin E, a natural skin-conditioning agent and antioxidant. There is a concern regarding cancer, contamination of hydroquinone (an FDA-restricted whitening compound), and organ system toxicity.
Tocopheryl acetate is a skin sensitizer that can instigate immune system responses such as itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin. Despite toxicity concerns, tocopheryl acetate is FDA approved and has received its GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) rating. (14)