Another age-old remedy that has been used for hundreds of years is egg white.
Believe it or not, this treatment was standard practice on pediatric wards to treat nappy rash up until the mid-1980s. It stopped due to the risk of egg allergy in some babies, but it’s a great treatment for those not at risk.
Let’s dive into this!
This article is part of our series of home remedies for diaper rash.
Egg whites may help heal diaper rash: here’s how
Egg white is a practical solution for diaper rash because it forms a breathable barrier that helps protect the skin while allowing moisture to escape.
It works wonders for all kinds of mild diaper rash and is easy to do. It works basically because the egg white forms a second ‘skin’ on your baby’s skin. This skin protects the irritated area from the wet diaper. Whilst the skin is protected from further irritation it naturally heals itself.
How to make a natural egg white remedy for diaper rash
Egg whites are an old-fashioned remedy that, like many others, is now frowned upon. Because eggs are a possible allergen there may be a risk in using them. Always do a patch test first and if there is a history of food allergies in the family then avoid this remedy.
At diaper change time thoroughly clean and dry the diaper area.
Then whisk a raw egg white and paste it over the diaper area. Leave to dry. It is vital that the skin is perfectly dry before you add the egg white mixture with cotton wool. The nappy free time is great to help heal the egg.
This forms a protective barrier against moisture.
Thoroughly wash your hands after this.
When you need to heal diaper rash fast, consider this natural remedy.
It’s vital that you use a FRESH egg and always use a fresh egg each day for the egg white treatment. You can keep the whisked mixture in the fridge to repeat the process until the diaper rash clears, but only keep it for up to 24 hours.
FAQs About Egg White Treatment for Diaper Rash
Egg whites have been used for hundreds of years, and whilst this might be an old wives tales, this old wives tale works! It’s vital that you allow the egg to air dry on the sore bum before you put the clean diaper back on.
Is Egg White Treatment Safe for Cloth Diapers?
Yes, absolutely. There is no risk to any of your cloth diapers from using egg whites. As ever insure your diapers are thoroughly cleaned with hot water and detergent to remove any egg white residue which may be on them. We’ve done a detailed guide on cloth diapers and rash creams.
Can I use Egg White with Corn starch?
Yes, apply the egg white first and allow it to dry. You can then apply corn starch once it has dried at nappy change time. Cornstarch is another treatment for diaper rash.
You can also use this with coconut oil (coconut oil is great for diaper rash) or other natural remedies. Just apply a thin layer of your chosen cream. At diaper change time use warm water to thoroughly clean them.
Can I use Egg White with a Yeast Infection?
Yes, it is safe to use this treatment on a yeast infection. If you have a fungal infection you can combine this with apple cider vinegar.
You can also use this after an oatmeal bath. Oatmeal in baby’s bath water is great for naturally healing diaper rash or any other of baby’s sore broken skin. After the bath just apply egg white as normal.
Another option is breast milk which really helps cure diaper rash. A lot of these natural products are used and coming ‘back into fashion’ as parents become more aware of the toxins and chemicals in mass produced baby products.
To clean in between diaper changes just use a soft washcloth and water before you put on the clean nappy. Commercial baby wipes are a known irritant and can make a baby’s rash worse.
More benefits of using egg whites for healing skin conditions
Egg whites are not only ideal for nappy rash, they can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions.
Here are some examples:
Sunburn – soak a cotton ball in egg white and apply it to the sunburned area. Because of its high vitamin A content this acts as a natural sunscreen and speeds up healing time.
Eczema – apply a paste of egg whites, flour and water to the irritated skin.
Burns – cover with an egg white moistened dressing. The albumin will protect the wound from infection, reduce swelling and pain while helping to heal the wound.
I hope this helps out some fellow mummies! Remember, always do a patch test first.
Is egg white dangerous to use to cure nappy rash?
Potentially. If your child has an egg allergy this can cause an allergic reaction and in some cases this can be severe. Ensure you do a patch test before using this natural remedy, but rest assured mos tbabies will be fine.
When the egg white is mixed together with the nappy area it forms a breathable film that helps protect the area from further irritation and prevents moisture from escaping whilst allowing the skin to breathe. If your child does not have an egg allergy then this can be a highly effective way to help cure nappy rash very quickly.
The Bottom Line on Using Egg White on Diaper Rashes
Egg white remedy is not only appropriate for nappy rash, but it can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions. If you have a bad nappy rash and need a barrier cream, this could be the solution for you!
If you have an egg allergy or your child does not then this may be the perfect solution for curing diaper rash fast. Always do a patch test before using any natural remedies on children with food allergies in the family!