When Babies Can Eat Eggs

When it comes to feeding your growing baby their first foods, it can be a challenge to know what’s safe. You may have heard that kids can be allergic to eggs, and that food allergies have been on the rise in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). So when is a good time to introduce eggs to your baby? We spoke to experts so you know the facts.

When Is It Safe for Babies to Eat Eggs?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies start eating solid food when they reach certain growth milestones, like being able to hold up their head, have doubled their birth weight, open their mouth when they see food on a spoon, and are able to keep food in their mouth and swallow.Typically, this group of milestones will occur between 4 and 6 months. Additionally, a study funded by the AAP shows that introducing eggs as a first food may have benefits against the development of egg allergies.

At 6 months, parents can safely begin introducing eggs in very small portions similar to other solid foods

The AAP also urges parents to get their babies tested for both peanut and egg allergies if they exhibit signs of eczema around this time.

What Are Some Nutritional Benefits of Eggs?

Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated their nutritional guidelines, suggesting that egg consumption contributes to a healthy diet.One recent study out of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that eggs may even be used to compensate for pediatric malnutrition.

some of the vital vitamins and minerals found in eggs: vitamin A, B12, riboflavin, folate, and iron. Additionally, eggs are an excellent source of choline, which is necessary for brain development, along with DHA, which aids in nerve development. Eggs also contain healthy fats, omega 3 fatty acids, and important amino acids that help build muscles.

“All of these vitamins and minerals are contributing to the healthy growth and development of the baby, especially brain and cognitive development.

What Should Parents Know About Egg Allergies?

Egg allergies are a common food allergy, according to the AAP. They occur in up to 2% of children between the ages of 1 and 2.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) says that symptoms of a food allergy present with:

  • Hives or red, itchy skin
  • Stuffy or itchy nose, sneezing or itchy, teary eyes
  • Vomiting, stomach cramps, or diarrhea
  • Angioedema or swelling

In rare cases, anaphylaxis (swelling of the throat and tongue, difficulty breathing) may occur.

Tips for Preparing Eggs for Babies and Kids

You’ve weighed the risks and benefits and plan to give your child eggs as one of their first foods—but how is best and safest to prepare them?

To reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses, “eggs should be cooked until the whites and yolks are completely solid.”

Scrambled eggs are the safest preparation for introducing eggs to your baby, although well-boiled eggs are possible if mashed with a fork.

It’s best if the yolk is set, even if it’s tempting to give your young child sunny-side up eggs. For toddlers, adding some grated cheese or a pinch of herbs to the egg can make it more enjoyable. You can also start introducing other types of eggs, such as omelets.

As always, if you have further questions about your child’s diet, or concerns about a potential allergy, be sure to reach out to a pediatrician or health care provider to discuss what’s best for your kid.

Post time: Aug-18-2023