It’s ok to feed your baby the whole egg, starting at 6 months. It could even help prevent an egg allergy!
The newest infant feeding guidelines from Health Canada, the Canadian Pediatric Society, Dieticians of Canada and the Breastfeeding Committee of Canada now recommend introducing whole eggs starting at six months of age, or as soon as your child starts eating solid foods.
Experts no longer recommend delaying the introduction of common allergens to twelve months. In fact, research shows that introducing whole eggs early can actually help lower your baby’s chance of developing an egg allergy. For more information, please visit Health Canada.
* Remember to always ensure that your baby’s eggs are properly cooked to avoid food-borne illnesses, as baby’s immune systems are still continuing to develop at this stage of life.
A research team from the University of Alberta’s Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Science published a study in The British Journal of Nutrition, in April 2014, which studied Alberta pregnancy outcomes and nutrition. More specifically, they focused on choline intake, including from eggs. Some key points are summarized below. Click here to read the full article.