When Can Babies Eat Eggs?
A good parent is full of questions, like if feeding your baby eggs is safe or not? It is okay that you are wondering because you are certainly not the only parent who has asked, “Can I feed my baby eggs?”
Well, the short answer is eggs are fine as long as you introduce them to your baby with other solid food your baby is already eating. This should be around the time your baby reaches four to six months of age.
Still, there are a few things to consider before you start feeding your baby eggs.
Despite knowing when a baby can eat eggs, don’t let your guard down, especially when you’re feeding eggs to a baby for the first time.
One thing you have to keep in mind is that eggs are just one of many things some individuals are allergic to. Common allergens include the following:
Those who are concerned about feeding their baby eggs may want to talk to a pediatrician. This will provide you with clarification as to when your baby can eat eggs.
You might also want to consider feeding the egg yolks to your baby first because the compounds connected to food allergies are in the egg whites, not the egg yolks.
What Are Egg Allergy Symptoms?
Feeding eggs to a baby with egg allergies can be dangerous.
You need to be aware of allergy reactions before giving baby eggs to eat for the first time, especially if you are giving him or her the white part of the egg as well. Know what to look for:
- Hives, swelling, eczema, or flushing
- Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or signs of pain
- Itching, especially around the mouth
- Baby may experience wheezing, runny nose, or trouble breathing
- Your baby’s heartbeat might increase
In essence, your baby’s body is reacting to the protein in the eggs as if they are a danger to him or her. There could be a number of reasons this could be happening. Perhaps your baby’s digestive system hasn’t developed enough to process these proteins.
Nonetheless, you need to take your baby to your pediatrician to try to pinpoint the issue and keep your baby safe. Keep in mind that allergies may only be temporary until your baby develops a better digestive system. Usually, most children outgrow allergies at some point.
It makes sense that you want to start feeding eggs to a baby as soon as you can. Eggs are not only inexpensive; they are almost a super-food with all the protein they contain. Eggs also contain choline, which is essential for proper cell activity, and your baby definitely needs that.
When you start giving a baby eggs to eat, it would be a good idea to try the four-day trial. Just feed your baby a small amount of egg. Don’t introduce new foods, such as baby yogurt, for four days. This will help you see how your baby reacts to the egg.
There are many ways to start feeding eggs to a baby; for example, you can remove the yolk from a hard-boiled egg, and mash it with your breast milk to start. You can also separate the yolk when the egg is raw, and scramble it using a little breast milk.
Hopefully, some of these suggestions make it easier to introduce your baby to these protein-packed delicacies.