Protein-rich eggs are inexpensive and in verity. You can fry, boil, scramble, and poach them for your baby.
Pediatricians used to recommend waiting to give eggs to baby’s due to allergy concerns.
Current recommendations say there is no reason to wait in most cases.
You may begin giving your baby eggs as one of their first foods, of course, you watch carefully for an allergic reaction or other sensitivity at all times.
Keep Reading to learn more about the benefits and risks of giving to your baby eggs.
Benefits of eggs for babies
Eggs are available everywhere. They’re cheap and simple to prepare.
Better yet, each egg contains around 70 calories and 6 grams of protein. it is rich in riboflavin, B12, and folate.
Risks of eggs
Some foods are known to be among the more common causes of allergic reactions for babies and children. Like: Dairy, soy, peanuts, fish…ext.
Pediatricians used to recommend waiting to give babies eggs, until after they are 1 year. That’s because up to 2% of babies are allergic to them.
The yellow part of the egg does not contain proteins associated with allergic reaction. The whites, on the other hand, dose.
If your baby is allergic to these proteins, he may experience a range of symptoms.
Babies exposed to eggs after they were 1 year old were actually more likely to develop an allergy than those between the ages of 4 to 6 months.
What are the Signs of an allergic reaction?
Some babies’ immune systems is not fully developed and may not be able to handle certain proteins in the egg white. As a result, if they are exposed to it, they might experience an allergic reaction (they may feel sick, get a rash…)
Allergic reactions can affect the skin or the digestive, respiratory, or cardiovascular systems. Symptoms may include:
- hives, swelling, eczema, or flushing
- diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or pain
- itching around the mouth
- rapid heartbeat, low blood pressure, and heart issues
The severity of symptoms may depend on your child’s immune system and the number of eggs consumed.
To have allergies is often hereditary. If someone in your family is allergic to eggs, you may want to use caution when giving eggs to your baby.
If your baby has severe eczema, you may also exercise caution giving eggs, as there is a link between this skin condition and food allergies.
If your child is allergic to eggs, don’t worry, they may outgrow it later in life. As Many kids outgrow allergies by age of five.
How to give your baby eggs
From 7 months old and up, your baby should be eating between 1 and 2 tablespoons of protein twice a day.
You always should ask your pediatrician about their recommended timeline.
When giving new foods to your baby, it’s always a good idea to add them one at a time. This way you can watch for potential reactions.
A good first place to start with introducing eggs is with the yellow part only. Here are some ideas for how to add eggs yellow part to your kid’s diet:
- Hard boil an egg, peel the shell off and take the yellow part out. Mix it together with breast milk or formula. Ones your baby starts eating more foods, you can mix it with fruits and vegetables.
- Separate the eggs yellow part from a raw egg. Heat up a fry pan with some oil (or butter). Scramble it with breast milk (or whole milk).
- Separate the yellow part from a raw egg. Mix it with a 0.5 cup of cooked oatmeal and fruits /veggies. Scramble them together until cooked.
After your baby is 1 year old or your pediatrician gives you the green-lights to give him the whole egg, you may try scrambling it with either breast milk or whole milk.
A word of advice
Your pediatrician is your best source for information about what will work for your baby.
Read labels carefully as you give foods to your baby.