An egg allergy is very common with infants and toddlers although experts believe that delaying the introduction of eggs into your baby’s diet can actually increase the risk of them developing an allergy in the first place. Growing evidence is showing that the best way to protect your child is to offer them a sample of the food earlier rather than later. For this reason, eggs make a great first food for baby’s and can be introduced as soon as they start eating.
If there is a history of egg allergy in the family, then it is recommended that you wait at least 12-24 months.
If you want to make sure your child does not have an allergy then give them some egg and wait to see if any symptoms arise. Food sensitivities can and will happen although a true allergy is generally followed by hives, vomiting or diarrhea.
Avoid offering any other new foods to them on the same day you offer an egg to see whether an allergy or a sensitivity occurs.
The good news is that often kids who have an allergy to eggs can outgrow it as early as five years of age.
Whether boiled, scrambled or poached, it seems that offering eggs earlier has more nutritional reward than was once realized. Once you know that your baby is not allergic then you can add them to your baby’s diet regularly.