When should I start feeding my baby eggs?
When to introduce egg to your baby
- It’s important not to delay the introduction of eggs for your baby, as the latest research from health experts is that early introduction may help reduce the chances of your baby developing an egg allergy later on.
- The current NHS guidance is to introduce egg into your baby’s diet from 6 months onwards. It can be one of the first things you introduce to your baby after you’ve started on single vegetables.
So how do I go about introducing egg?
- If your baby suffers from eczema, it should be well controlled i.e. skin clear prior to introducing allergenic foods.
Ensure your baby is well and is recovered from any illness (no temperature, no cough/cold, & ideally not just had a vaccination).
- Don’t rub the egg on your child’s skin
- Ideally introduce it in the morning or lunchtime rather than later in the day (so you can observe for any reactions before they go to bed at night)
- Start with a small amount of egg. A small amount would be ¼ teaspoon and gradually increase the amount the next time you offer it (1/2 teaspoon). This will help you monitor your baby’s reaction and can help reduce the risk of a severe allergic reaction.
- Ideally leave 3 days between each offering: It is important to leave 3 days so that you can monitor your baby for any reactions. This includes delayed reactions, which may not occur immediately after eating the allergen and can take up to 48-72 hours.
- Always stay with your baby when feeding them.
- If you think your baby is having a reaction, stop giving the food and seek medical advice.
Why egg is a great choice for babies
- Egg is a great choice for babies as it is incredibly nutrient dense and contains lots of essential nutrients needed to support your baby’s growth and development.
- In particular, Choline, which is found in the yolk of eggs, is an essential nutrient that plays a key role in brain development and function. It has not only been associated with improved brain function, but improved memory and mood.
- Eggs also contain high levels of protein A.
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