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When can babies eat eggs?

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Lizzylou Wed 27-Apr-05 09:47:39

I am sure I was told that you shouldn't give babies under 1 years old eggs (scrambled/boiled etc)....is that right?

ssd Wed 27-Apr-05 09:52:05

I think it is a year, but I may be corrected very soon!

acnebride Wed 27-Apr-05 10:02:47

I think I started giving well-cooked scrambled eggs at 6 months but I think a year is best advice, both from an allergy pov and from a salmonella one. I'm just boneheadedly optimistic (and scrambled eggs are easy).

pinkmagic1 Wed 27-Apr-05 10:16:36

I think it is 6 months as long as they are well cooked, I introduced them at around 9 months.

Lizzylou Wed 27-Apr-05 10:20:17

Thanks, think I may venture into scrambled eggs...although I hate them and the smell of eggs makes me retch! But want DS to have a balanced diet!

FLUM Wed 27-Apr-05 10:21:26

mmmm think I started about 7-8 months when they started on family food.

handlemecarefully Wed 27-Apr-05 10:22:44

Basically the lion brand on eggs means that they are samonella free, so I can't see any harm in starting with eggs from the point of weaning (6 months)

bobbybob Wed 27-Apr-05 10:34:16

Any allergies in the family (includes hay fever asthma) then leave until 2. The stuff all says egg yolks well cooked at 7 months and then whole egg at 1.

handlemecarefully Wed 27-Apr-05 10:36:45

Yes but the well cooked egg yolk thing at 7 months and whole thing at 12 months does not take account of the lion brand and samonella free guarantee - so is misleading and needlessly overcautious.

I agree that with a family history of allergy wait until older though - but not relevent to most people

Lizzylou Wed 27-Apr-05 10:37:20

Thanks Bobbybob, I was worried as my DH has mild asthma and was allergic to eggs as a child (he isn't now)........so maybe I will be spared having to pretend scrambled eggs are yummy!

handlemecarefully Wed 27-Apr-05 10:38:12

Although I have to say I would be looking for a cluster of allergies. I have hayfever only (not asthma, eczema etc) and on the basis of hayfever alone I would not deny my children an extremely healthy whole food until they were 2

bobbybob Wed 27-Apr-05 10:40:13

I would leave whole egg until way over a year then.

The advice is based on the digestability of the protein rather than just salmonella risk, handlemecarefully.

Lizzylou Wed 27-Apr-05 10:44:58

My Dh had bad asthma as a child and also ezcema and hayfever, none of which affects him anymore but his old egg allergy is always a concern to doctors when he has to have vaccinations......
I think I will leave it, DS gets a varied and balanced diet without whole egg thus far, so another 10 months or so is fine to wiat to ensure he is completely Ok with them.

sweetkitty Wed 27-Apr-05 11:06:16

I started DD on eggs at about 8 months this is because she refuses to eat any baby food out of a jar and loves to eat with her hands so eggy bread is great.

As for the Salmonella risk it is very low, all British laying flocks are vaccinated against Salmonella (hence the lion mark) also as long as the yolf is well cooked there should be no risk. (Sorry I'm a food microbiologist)

handlemecarefully Wed 27-Apr-05 11:06:51

Lizzylou - on the basis that your dh had an egg allergy I would be tempted to do the same.

Lizzylou Wed 27-Apr-05 11:08:39

What about the risk re: allergies Sweetkitty?
Sorry, just wanted to pick your brains whilst you're around!!!

Lizzylou Wed 27-Apr-05 11:08:43

What about the risk re: allergies Sweetkitty?
Sorry, just wanted to pick your brains whilst you're around!!!

Lizzylou Wed 27-Apr-05 11:09:05

What about the risk re: allergies Sweetkitty?
Sorry, just wanted to pick your brains whilst you're around!!!

handlemecarefully Wed 27-Apr-05 11:09:57

You don't have to repeat yourself three times in your efforts to get Sweetkitty

Lizzylou Wed 27-Apr-05 11:10:11

HMC, do the same meaning start him off on well cooked eggs or not at all??
Sorry, been up since 5am and brain isn't working v well, hence 2 posts earlier!

Lizzylou Wed 27-Apr-05 11:10:51

3 posts....bloomin hell, am tireder than I thought!

handlemecarefully Wed 27-Apr-05 11:11:43

I'd leave it until after 1 yr old at the same time trying to get specific advice on this from my GP (who might know more)

Lizzylou Wed 27-Apr-05 11:12:57

He's 13mths now, and I would normally speak with our GP but we have just moved area and not too keen on new health authority/GP Practice......

handlemecarefully Wed 27-Apr-05 11:14:31

Could you ring your local hospital and ask to speak to a dietitian?

Lizzylou Wed 27-Apr-05 11:20:32

I think I will, thats a very good idea...thanks HMC.

It's horrible moving health authority as the HV's and GP's were so lovely at our old place and I'd built a good trusting relationship with them.

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