Introducing eggs

Julia - posted on 06/15/2010 ( 43 moms have responded )

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My daugter is almost 9 months and I have already introduced egg yolk to her since I had read you can introduce egg yolk anytime after 8 months (some things say 6 months). I had always thought egg white should be introduced at 1 year but someone recently told me this has changed to a younger age. Does anyone know?

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Laura - posted on 06/17/2010

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Julia - My daughter was born Sept 7, so she is just over 9 months now. My doctor (we are in Canada) said at 6 months to introduce egg yolk as a source of protein and iron. He has said not to introduce egg whites until after 1 year old, but that studies suggest now that introducing other foods earlier may actually be a benefit.

Tania - posted on 06/16/2010

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I've been told to introduce egg before the nine month vaccine in very small amounts to test for an allergy, because apparently the vaccine they get at nine months is harvested or somethiung in the egg yolk. Not sure exactly what the reason was, but definitely that I should give her that before the vaccine so if she did show an allergy, she had to get a different vaccine, or couldn't get that specific one. But I have been feeding her scrambled eggs since about 6 months and she loves it and have never shown a reaction, fortunately. I have also been told that the new thinking is that you should introduce your baby to as many different tastes and textures as possible from early on, as this helps prevent allergies later on.

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Heidi - posted on 06/27/2010

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My pediatrician said to introduce the yolks first ( I did hard boiled, but want to try scrammbled) and then gradually add the white portion. My Caleb is 9 months and 1 week old. So far, so good. Eggs are a good source of albumin (protein).

Rachell - posted on 06/27/2010

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i just read an article in parents magazine that stated putting off introducing new foods to your baby is actually the culprit of food allergies....I have given my son a lil of just about everything to prevent this, he first tried scrambled eggs @ 71/2 months. You just have to try small bits and wait for any adverse effects, my ped recommended keeping childrens benadryl in the house in case of an allergic reaction be is to our cat, laundry detergent, new soaps, lotions, or foods. The good news is my son has no food allergies to anything that we know of...peanuts, strawberries, yogurt, citrus, even ice cream! Always discuss questions with your ped but i'm sure you can intro just bout everthing to your daughter at this age....hold off on whole milk though, Hope I could help.

Jennifer - posted on 06/26/2010

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I wasnt aware of a rule about eggs, I feed my son almost anything, aside from things he may choke on.. or sea food and spicy things... he had eggs (soft scrambled) at I think 5 or 6 months he was already on baby food as well... he doesnt like eggs anymore hes almost 10 months now. I know my nephew who is 11 months had eggs for the first time recently laid down for a nap and woke up with hives, but i imagine that could happen with anything

Letisha - posted on 06/26/2010

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I gave my 9 month son scrambled egg for the 1st time today. he wont to sure so i mixed it with some of his plain food and he seems to not mind it, i think he had trouble with it on its own because of the chewing involved

Laura - posted on 06/25/2010

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At WIC they said not to introduce whites until after the 18 months shots because the whites can do something weird to those vaccinations. Also, if a baby is going to be allergic to eggs then it is most likely the whites that they will be allergic to.

Lettie - posted on 06/25/2010

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I can't imagine what would happen if we hadn't discovered that our baby girl is allergic to egg white. She was throwing up all the time and having these explosive diapers constantly. She also had this horrible thick, waxy looking, honey comb shaped cradle cap all over her scalp. Older mothers and doctor just told us that she would outgrow it as she got older. As the problem got worse, the doctor decided our 8 week old had acid reflux and put her on harsh acid reducer medications. Nothing helped.Finally, our baby girl began to to break out in hives. That is when the peditrician finally tested her for allergies and guess what? At 6 months old, we finally found out our baby girl was allergic to egg white. The reason this had been such a problem is because she will only breastfeed and has always refused any bottles or pacifers. Once I gave up eggs in my diet, our baby girl has finally gotten some relief. No more throwing up, normal bowel movements in her diapers, cradle cap disappeared, and no more hives - unless someone who has eaten eggs recently kisses her or touches her bare skin. I shudder to think if we hadn't pushed to find out why she was having all the negative symptoms she was experiencing and had actually given her eggs directly.

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I have book about making meals for babies and it recommends egg yolks after 8 months and whole eggs after 1 year. We haven't started introducing eggs yet but I may try some tomorrow since he is now 9.5 months. He hasn't had any reactions to any of his shots or any other foods. He has had some other "no-nos": fish (very small amount), strawberries, citrus, but has had no problems. So I am not too worried about giving him whole eggs. His ped didn't say anything about eggs. She just said he should be getting more meats and more finger foods at this point. He does fine with cheese and yogurt as well.

Heather - posted on 06/25/2010

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Ive givn my son scrambled eggs with a little cheese and he likes it for the most part I think you just have to make sure they arent "wet" all. He had problems with the texture at first but several tries and we are there.

Mary - posted on 06/25/2010

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I started feeding my daughter scrambled eggs when she was 8 months old. She was born sept 24, 2009. She LOVES them! I also give her regular fat free yoplait fruit yogurts too. Every morning for breakfast she has one scrambled egg (made with skim milk, butter, salt and pepper) and 3 oz of yogurt.

Linda - posted on 06/25/2010

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Yea the vanilla custard is an issue..ALOT of the baby desserts we have to watch..N Most all of the 'meat' dishes have carrots or celery or corn in them n hes allergic to all 3...Man I had my oldest eating everything by now but with Ean I have to read EVERY label..I was feeding him Mac n cheese baby food n its got carrots in it n corn starch....Glad Ur likes Eggs n I PRAY mine out grows it cuz Eggs r in so many things..Just like Corn starch n Corn Syrup. Have a good day!~

Andrea - posted on 06/24/2010

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I have 4 kids age range from 11 to 9 months and I have never heard of a rule of not giving baby eggs. Till about two months ago when my friends little boy which was 7 months had a reaction to a baby food it has eggs in it, it's called Vanilla custard pudding with banana's made by Gerber so if you guys have feed your baby that they have had eggs. I personally gave my kids eggs mainly scrambled about 9 or 10 month when I start giving them food they can practice picking up and feeding self.

Andrea - posted on 06/24/2010

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I have 4 kids age range from 11 to 9 months and I have never heard of a rule of not giving baby eggs. Till about two months ago when my friends little boy which was 7 months had a reaction to a baby food it has eggs in it, it's called Vanilla custard pudding with banana's made by Gerber so if you guys have feed your baby that they have had eggs. I personally gave my kids eggs mainly scrambled about 9 or 10 month when I start giving them food they can practice picking up and feeding self.

Andrea - posted on 06/24/2010

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I have 4 kids age range from 11 to 9 months and I have never heard of a rule of not giving baby eggs. Till about two months ago when my friends little boy which was 7 months had a reaction to a baby food it has eggs in it, it's called Vanilla custard pudding with banana's made by Gerber so if you guys have feed your baby that they have had eggs. I personally gave my kids eggs mainly scrambled about 9 or 10 month when I start giving them food they can practice picking up and feeding self.

Anjana - posted on 06/24/2010

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Hi,
I have been feeding my 9 month old eggs for the past 2 months. I started with a little egg yolk when he was around 6.5 months. After a month or so, I moved on to whole eggs. I either scramble them really fine with no oil or boil them and mash the egg finely. Nitin is doing fine and loves it! My doc said eggs were okay any time after 6 months, provided you follow the usual precautions as with introducing any new food. I hope your li'l one enjoys it too!!!

Krys - posted on 06/24/2010

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Im not sure..My soon was having some major issues with babyfood about 5-6months old n we did food allergy testing n found out hes highly allergic to eggs . He has allergies to peas, corn, corn syrup, green beans, carrots, chicken, fish, its insane...so Im being very slow n cautious about what I give him. hes almost 10 months old so Im just enjoying these last few "baby" months. Maybe you should ask your pediatrician...Sorry I couldnt help..:)

Gema - posted on 06/24/2010

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I totally forgot the whole rule of "EGGS" since I had my 8 year old. Now that I have my 9 month old, I'm not so strict on it all since my 8 year old turned out to be sooooo picky. Of course, I don't give her anything crazy that might upset her stomach or may even give her an alergic reaction. As a matter a fact, I just gave my 9 month old scrambled eggs today (2nd time). She had a bit but she has a lil appetite. I haven't had any problems with it. I see it like this, if she likes it and it don't upset her in anyway then she's fine and I will continue to give them to her. I think we make kids "PICKY EATERS". Just my thought :)

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I love how everyone in this group tells people how old their baby is.... It is a group for babies due in sept 2009....lol....so yup they are all about the same age...lol....

Cheron - posted on 06/24/2010

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since my son was 8 months i intorduced him to the whole egg and he was fine and still is..he loves eggs

Danika - posted on 06/23/2010

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Lilly is 9 months and she has had all of the egg. Usually Scrambled. I figured she had no reaction to any of her shots, (which contains egg) then she shouldn't have an issue with just regular eggs. Her Pedi said it was fine. Our family also has no allergies.

Dionne - posted on 06/23/2010

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My son will be 10 months on the first and just this week at the doctor I was told I can give him anything that I can mash up small enough so that he doesn't choke except for honey. I specifically asked about egg whites since I too had read not before 1 and she said they were fine. My son is a big boy though (22+ lbs already) so I'm not sure if that has something to do with it.

Natasha - posted on 06/22/2010

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I feed my 9 month EVERYTHING I eat, just use my good ol Magic Bullet...the only things he is not allowed, is eggs, or peanut butter...I don't have anybody allergic to anything on my side, or daddy's side (and his mom fed him scrambled eggs at 4 months) I still just rather stay safe just in case :)

Julia - posted on 06/21/2010

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Thanks everyone for the input. I checked with my doctor today and she said that I should hold off on egg white until closer to her first birthday.

Erica - posted on 06/21/2010

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My daughter was born on Sept. 5th and I have given her egg whites, egg yolks, peanut butter, strawberry's just about everything that causes reactions and has been perfectly fine. My doctor has pretty much give her whatever I would like to (we have no famlily history of allergies) except Honey.

Andrea - posted on 06/20/2010

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At my son's 8-month check-up his doctor said to try the yolk hard-boiled first and, if after a few days he didn't have a reaction, to go ahead and give him the whole egg (like scrambled eggs). Maybe it's because he has not had any other allergy issues and food allergies don't run in our family, but she didn't seem to think it was a big deal.

Julia - posted on 06/20/2010

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You still need to introduce them when the doctor suggests. Just because you have eaten those foods while breastfeeding does not mean your baby will not have a reaction to them later on.

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Does anyone know if eating eggs (or any food labelled as a potential allergen, like peanuts) when breast feeding without any allergic reaction from the breast fed baby means that the specified food is safe for the baby him/herself to eat?

Julia - posted on 06/20/2010

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Thanks Laura! It is helpful to know you have heard the same things as me since I am from Canada as well.

Jody - posted on 06/20/2010

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My son (9 1/2 mos) has been eating eggs both the white & yolk since 7 months. He also loves them. My ped said no egg white until 1 year but after I told him we were giving him eggs (we broke the rule) and he was fine, he said no problem as long as they are cooked well.

Noreen - posted on 06/19/2010

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My daughter hasn't had anything with mayo in it either. I am VERY careful to not give her anything that has cow's milk or egg in it. I don't even eat or drink anything with egg or cow's milk in it because when I do, she breaks out in hives and if I drink/eat diary she vomits everywhere.

Tieast - posted on 06/18/2010

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Hi had the same experience as Noreen 9 years ago. I have my daughter scrabbled eggs at 9 months old and she immediately and violently vomited it up and then broke out in hives and fever. Our peds said never to introduce eggs to a baby before 1 years old. Now with my 8 month old, I won't even take the chance.

Amanda - posted on 06/16/2010

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Both my children had whole egg from a young age with no problems. My daughter in 9 months and she has been eating scrambled egg for a few months now

Amanda - posted on 06/16/2010

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My son, who is 8.5 months old, went to the doctor yesterday as a follow up to an ear infection, and we asked the doctor some questions about food, and she said that we could give him the whole egg if we wanted to. She said if there is no history of egg allergies in the family, then it shouldn't hurt. Have you given your daughter anything like mayonnaise-say in a salad? If so, she's already been exposed to egg, just not by itself. Obviously, you have to go with what feels right for you and your family, but I am making my son some scrambled eggs for breakfast tomorrow.

Kathy - posted on 06/16/2010

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I was told, by things I have read, our health nurse, and her doctor that after 6 months you can give the yolk as long as it is hard boiled, and not at all runny but that the whites can't be given till after a year. I haven't heard of any change to that, mines 9 months and I won't even let her have mashed potatoes at my MIL's because they use egg in them to make them fluffy (to me.. gluey)

Julia - posted on 06/15/2010

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Really?? Everything I have read says egg yolk is fine at 8 months because it is the egg white that is high in allergy.

Noreen - posted on 06/15/2010

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I was told that eggs in general where NOT supposed to be introduced until after a year. My ped got onto me pretty good for giving Abby a piece of egg and her having an allergic reaction to it.

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I didn't know there was a rule to it. I went to visit the grandparents months ago. My son was introduced about 4 months. They made scrambled eggs and fed him behind my back. When I saw how much he loved them I didn't stop them. I personally don't feed them to him on a regular basis but every time he sees them he eats them and loves them. I don't see a problem with it at all.

Laura - posted on 06/15/2010

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I was at our doctor last week and he said that I could feed my daughter anything (even nuts) now, EXCEPT egg whites.

Betty - posted on 06/15/2010

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Hi Julia,



I've been giving my daughter egg yolks since 8 months. Because my parent did the same when I was a baby. I'm not sure about whites either. But the yolk has higher nutrinitonal value anyway. But let me know if you find out.

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