How Old Should a Baby Be Before Eating Eggs?

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A baby’s diet can become varied and full of interesting and enticing foods once you begin introducing solid foods. Eggs can be a delicious form of protein that babies might enjoy. You should consider several factors to help you determine the correct time to introduce eggs at mealtimes.

Allergen Concerns

  • It might be prudent to wait to introduce eggs to a child until her first birthday because of concerns about food allergies, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. This warning is especially important In a family with a history of food allergies because the baby might have a higher likelihood of inheriting common food sensitivities.

Consult Physician

  • If you have food sensitivities in your family, consult your child's physician for a recommendation before introducing eggs to his diet, advises the Allergy Asthma Information Association. The physician will examine the child and assess genetic factors that might have an impact on him before making a recommendation.

When to Start

  • If your family does not have a history of food sensitivities and allergies, the pediatrics academy advises that you are probably safe in introducing eggs to a baby after 6 months of age. The Allergy Asthma Information Association recommends waiting until 8 months of age to introduce egg yolks and 12 months to introduce egg whites. The reason for delaying egg whites is because they contain the substances that could cause an allergic reaction in infants, advises the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Serving Suggestions

  • When you serve eggs to your infant, ensure that you have cooked them completely. Eating raw or undercooked eggs could cause serious illness, especially in an infant. The risk of contracting salmonella poisoning from undercooked eggs is high. Always cook egg whites until they are firm and yolks until they are completely hard. You could start with one spoonful of cooked egg yolk for a child under age 1 and gradually increase that amount until your child is eating three yolks a week.

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