Introducing egg?

Laurinda - posted on 03/03/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Does anyone know when you can start introducing egg? I heard 12 months. Is this true and why?

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Kimberley - posted on 03/12/2009

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My ds has an egg yolk (or part of one) just about every day for the iron. We started a little after 6 months and it's really his only food aside from breast milk right now. We don't have any history of egg allergies; and won't do the whites until at least 12 mo.

Dorota - posted on 03/11/2009

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wow Leah, that's great advice, props to your doctor :) I don't think I would have thought of that on my own. The reason to avoid egg whites prior to a year is to avoid the chances of an allergic reaction (not salmonella or another reason) Also do not give honey in the first year as it can cause infant botulism!

Leah - posted on 03/11/2009

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I just talked to my doctor about this at our last appt. She suggested I give my son a scrambled egg around his first birthday before his 1-year vacs. It's to see if he has any reaction before the vacs, which are made with eggs.

Candace - posted on 03/09/2009

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i would say if the allergy risk is high in family to wait but if thers none then i guess its ok like some say after 7 mths my son loves egss i gave him some scrabble eggs ,,, never hurt my kids in past but make sure its well cooked

Melody - posted on 03/09/2009

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So I just reread my article and I'm so sorry- you are right Christine- it's egg yolks first and then egg whites after a year! I feel terrible that I remembered it backwards.

Christine - posted on 03/08/2009

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My pediatrician says it is best to wait until one year to introduce eggs to reduce the risk of an allergy developing, and that you should start with egg yolks, not egg whites. Apparently, if a baby has an allergy to eggs, it is more likely to the egg whites than the yolk (although they can be allergic to that too). He also said that you can sometimes introduce egg yolk as young as 8 months if you need to - like if the baby needs more calories in their diet (like my little guy who doesn't seem to want to gain much weight - I think he just burns all the calories off too quick - he's very active!). But the egg yolk has to be very well cooked and completely separated from the egg white (i.e. hard-boil the egg and peel away the egg white).

Melody - posted on 03/08/2009

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I just read the other day that egg whites are fine after 6 months but no egg yolk until 12 months due to allergy concerns. Apparently it's one of those allergies that most people grow out of as their immune system matures.

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My ped said 12month and I read something about making sure u cook it enough. I think salmonella was the reason, but I could be wrong.

Lorilynne - posted on 03/08/2009

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Egg is one of those foods that kids can develop allergies to if introduced too soon.  And egg is in soooo many things that its better to wait until your ped recommends it.  If yours is anything like mine, he or she will tell you when its ok to start introducing certain foods.  I know that with my daughter, she started eating baby foods that contained egg around 7 months but has yet to eat an actual egg (she's 2) but that has more to do with her not liking the taste than me holding off on it.  I *think* egg whites are ok around the six month mark but hold off on the yolk until a year.  I'm not 100% though so it really is best to discuss it with your ped.

Emmalena - posted on 03/08/2009

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hi my gramma always gives her egg (she started i THINK at 5 month) not to my aproval!!! but she is fine and i talked to a worker at the child development centre about my concern and egg isnt going to hurt your baby!!! which was a surprise to  me and who i voiced my concern to....i wouold start introducing it after youve introduced baby foods then i try it out at about 7-8 months

Ashley - posted on 03/08/2009

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I read that eggs can hurt the baby, especially the yolks. I am unsure why it would hurt them, but I also heard not to give them honey, that will kill them! Scary stuff

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