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Introducing eggs

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Introducing eggs

Postby Hannah » Sat 06 Jul, 2013 5:57 pm

Hi there, I was just wondering when it is ok to introduce eggs. My daughter is 9 months old and eating 3 solid meals a day and 3 bfs a day. I have read varying opinions including reading that as long as it is well cooked it is fine, but I would like your advice please.
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Re: Introducing eggs

Postby NgalaOnline » Sun 07 Jul, 2013 8:41 pm

Hi Hannah

Thank you for your post. Research regarding infant feeding, allergies and the introduction of solids is always ongoing, which can give rise to lots of differing opinions on this subject in part due to the fact that different studies have reached different conclusions. In 2010 the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy released a large study in which they stated the following:

• There is little evidence that delaying the introduction of complementary solid foods
beyond 6 months reduces the risk of allergy.
• There have been some suggestions that delaying introduction of foods may actually
increase (rather than decrease) allergy, however at this stage this is not proven.
• There is insufficient evidence to support previous advice to specifically delay or
avoid potentially allergenic foods (such as egg, peanuts, nuts, wheat, cow’s milk
and fish) for the prevention of food allergy or eczema. This also applies to infants
with siblings who already have allergies to these foods.

This study can be viewed by downloading the PDF on the following link:

http://www.allergy.org.au/health-profes ... ing-advice

At nine months of age it is fine to introduce your baby to eggs. It is best to introduce the egg white and the egg yolk on separate occasions several days apart. Introduce the egg yolk first, as this is less commonly reacted to. Cooking the egg well until the baby is around a year of age offers protection against salmonella poisoning. If you have a history of allergy in your family you may like to try rubbing a little bit of egg against an inconspicuous part of your baby's skin (not on the face or neck) several days before trying to feed her egg and checking that she does not react to being touched by egg.

I I hope that this information is helpful.
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