Eggs?

Kari - posted on 01/23/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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Does anyone know why you are not suppose to feed your baby eggs until they are a year old? I believe it's because of allergies but I want to make sure.

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Nichole - posted on 02/04/2010

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My daughter is 10 months and 3 weeks old and I just gave her scrambled eggs for the first time yesterday. I guess the doctors recommend waiting on egg whites because of possible allergies. I figured that we waited long enough and it would be safe. I gave her a little bit and she loved them, there was no reaction. So today we are having scrambled eggs again!

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Alita - posted on 03/06/2010

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the reason you are supose to give babies the egg yolk's is NOT for allergies, its because it has the protein babies need, when they hit 1 years of age they can egg whites aswell, because protein is not a big factor in their diet.

Joni - posted on 02/11/2010

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Egg whites have proteins in them that little tummys can't digest, which in turn will cause allergies. That is the main reason that you should not give eggs to babies under one year of age. It isn't because they will automatically be allergic to the eggs, it is that their tummys can't digest the proteins and over time they can develop this allergy. It's the same reason that you aren't supposed to give peanut butter under one. So it may seem fine that you are feeding eggs at this time but in the future your child could become allergic.

Kirsty - posted on 02/11/2010

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I wouldnt advise giving honey though as a substance in the honey can trigger asthma in susceptible babies

Kirsty - posted on 02/11/2010

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Not true, they can have eggs between 6-9 months, only rule is they must be very well cooked like scrambled egg. Cannot have runny yolk at all so no fried/boiled eggs. Scrambled egg must be cooked until 'bouncy' and firm. Apart from that its fine and an excellent source of protein!

Michelle - posted on 02/10/2010

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ive been giving my daughter scrambles egg since she was about 6months and she loves it now she shares daddys egg sandwich and never had a problem with it she eats EVERYTHING we eat she is almost 11months

Crystal - posted on 02/10/2010

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It is for allergy reasons, BUT both flu shots given this year (seasonal and H1N1) contain egg byproducts of some sort, so if your child received the shots at 6+ months, and didn't have an allergic reaction to them, it should be fine.

Pamela - posted on 02/09/2010

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I give my babies eggs but I also give them honey and strawberries and everything they are "not meant" to have according to the books.. my ped gave us a new study that showed babies given a variety or food between 3 - 6 months were less likely to become allergic.

Kirstene - posted on 02/09/2010

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i started giving egg at 8th month, and my baby loves it. so far there's no reaction on it. & luckily our family don't have any food allergies. ask also your pedia if it really bothers.

Awyn - posted on 02/09/2010

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there are a couple proteins in the whites that could possible lead to increased incidence of allergies in the form of skin reactions - eczema mostly. it's really, really rare for a person to be allergic to the yolk. the most recent research, however, has stated that there really is no correlation between egg whites and increases in eczema. i'm somewhat paranoid, and my son has had issues with eczema in the past, so i've only given him yolks so far... and he LOVES them! he pretty much loves anything he can feed himself.

Victoria - posted on 02/08/2010

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i've never heard of this allergy concern before, i've always read that you should only give well cooked eggs under one year (where the white and yolk are thoroughly cooked), after a year soft yolk is allowed but the white should be hard still because of food poisoning risk.

Candy - posted on 02/08/2010

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My daughter is 10 months and eats eggs, in fact she LOVES eggs. How many eggs is too much?

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Yes, it is because of allergies. But I told a Child Health nurse I had been feeding my daughter eggs when she was 8 months old, and she said if there hasn't been a reaction I could continue to do so, which I have.

Elysia - posted on 02/07/2010

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Ive been feedin my son eggs from about 9,months hes now 11months as my recipe book with kids recipes said that was fine, we havent had any problems and he loves to sit up and have scrambled eggs with mummy and daddy or a veggie omlette for dinner. Its very hard as there are so many conflicting opinions out there.

Kathy - posted on 02/07/2010

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it is allergies , i am an allergy nurse . and yes the flu shot contains sm. amt of egg.it is probably ok to feed egg younger like 10mo if you have no family history of allergies . just watch for any problems not only anaphylaxis but mild reactions like eczema . my 10mo old is eating egg early and ok with it . he hates baby food now and he wants what we eat .

Tracy - posted on 02/07/2010

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I agree with everyone else...its an allergy to the egg whites that they are concerned about. But if there is no family history of egg allergies then its really nothing to be concerned about! I have 6 children and they all started eating scrambled eggs around 10 mos. We have no family history of egg allergies.

Kathy - posted on 01/27/2010

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wow, my ped never had me give eggs b4 an injection, or wait 1/2 hour after injection. I was cautioned to read baby food lables to check for egg products because of a possible allergic reaction. However, my third child is 10months and has been eating scrambled eggs for months with no problems... all of my children have eaten scrambled eggs without problem. In fact when my oldest (15) was young, I don't remember anyone having concerns with egg alergy.

Natacia - posted on 01/27/2010

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Yes, it's because of the allergies but at 9 months your baby should go for his/her miesels injection - this contains albumin which is the substance found in eggs that children can become allergic too. Your nurse should tell you to give you baby eggs 3 days before for the 3 days to test a reaction before he/she gets the injection. if they haven't then they'll insist that you wait at the clinic for 1/2 hour after the vacine to ensure there is not reaction. However, if your child has eaten marie biscuits - these contain eggs and if there was no reaction, you should be ok.

Nonhlanhla - posted on 01/27/2010

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My 10 month old's grandma (she's a midwife) gave him eggs a few weeks ago (at around 8.5 months). he was fine eating it, but threw up about half an hour later. some babies are just allergic. ask your paed first.

Stephanie - posted on 01/26/2010

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i think it is the allergy thing but... this is our 3rd child and he has eaten eggs since about 7 or 8 months. It's just like introducing any new food you need to try it a few days and keep a close eye on the baby for any signs of an allergy. Our other kids also ate eggs at a young age and we have not ran into any problems so far. Good luck! ( they are also a really good, easy thing for the baby to eat on their own.. scrambled of course)

Shelly - posted on 01/26/2010

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There are forms of eggs in some of the immunizations given at age 6 months and then again at 9 months. If your child doesn't have an allergic reaction to the immunizations, my peditrician told me that I could give other items with eggs within it. Some of the gerber foods also have egg products in them (example stage 3 banana custard). I give my daughter eggs and she is only 10 months old. Give what you feel comfortable with. But also know that everyone's line of safety and comfort level is different.

Beck - posted on 01/26/2010

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In Australia it is enouraged to introduce egg at 6months unless family history of egg allergy. I started my little man on egg (scrambled / boiled / quiche) at 8months.

Shannon - posted on 01/23/2010

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Kari,

I have always read it's a possible allergy to egg whites as they are supposedly allergic. My daughter is 10 months and with the blessing of her doctor we have started eggs (scrambled) in the past month. Hasn't had one problem with it.

Kelly - posted on 01/23/2010

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Our pediatrician stated for us not feed the baby egg whites only egg yolk until after 1 years old. He said it was because it was because of allergy reasons. Not because it will definitely cause allergies it is just more likely to have allergy issues maybe when they get older if started on certain foods too early. So it may be okay now but it may come up in the future.

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