when can babies eat eggs: The egg in the baby’s diet
The egg is one of the last foods introduced during the diversification of food. When can you put the eggs on the menu? How to prepare them? Our advice.
The introduction of the egg within the baby meals will optimize its intake of vitamins of the group B, A, and D. However, until three years, the portions remain rather weak since it is necessary to give priority to a milk diet.
At what age do we start?
Eggs are never introduced before seven months.
The trend is to delay diversification, in the prevention of food allergies.
Throughout the introductions, your pediatrician will guide you.
Between 7 months and eight months.
An extra-fresh egg yolk (cooked for less than one week) is cooked hard on one of the two main meals, replacing meat or fish. It is crushed and mixed with vegetables. If baby likes, we can offer him twice a week.
We avoid the egg white (more allergenic), or the poorly cooked yellow.
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Between 9 months and one year.
Baby is now able to eat egg white as well. He is replaced 1 to 2 times a week with half a piece of meat or fish. If the egg is extra-fresh, it is not compulsory to offer it hard; it can be cooked omelet without fat using a non-stick frying pan. To taste it, it is possible to give the baby a small piece of homemade cake with egg yogurt type eggs. We avoid preparations with raw egg or little cooked (chocolate mousse, custard, boiled egg …).
Between 1 year and three years old.
Baby continues to eat 1 to 2 times a week one egg to replace meat or fish. An egg is enough because it must limit the protein intake, which easily exceeds the recommended intake. Indeed, even if the cause and effect link is not adequately demonstrated, it has been observed that children who consume too much protein before the age of 3, are more likely to develop obesity. Baby now eats eggs little cooked, boiled, custard, but we ensure their freshness: laid for less than one week, and kept fresh. Preparations type custard or homemade chocolate mousse do not hold more than 24 hours in the refrigerator.
What if my child is allergic (or if there are food allergies in the family)?
We wait until the age of 1 year to introduce the egg. Allergy to the egg is quite common in young children. Of course, we follow the advice of the pediatrician.
Eggs are good for babies.
The egg, very popular with babies, is of high nutritional value. If a few years ago we waited before introducing it into the diet of toddlers, today it is fully integrated (white and yellow) during dietary diversification.
The egg in the baby’s diet
It is between 4 months and seven months that begins the dietary diversification of babies. Initiation starts with fruits and vegetables; then it’s protein. Just like meat and fish, eggs have high nutritional value and are part of the midday meal. It is currently considered that white must be introduced at the same time as yellow unless the child is known to be allergic or if there is allergic terrain in the family. Previously, we waited for a little before offering egg white to babies, deemed highly allergenic. In the end, the fact of gradually introducing the food makes it possible to minimize the risks of allergy. This is why we no longer advocate separating white and yellow, which do not bring the same nutrients. Note that egg allergy (30% of food allergies in children under 15 years) is most often reported between 9 and 15 months and that in most cases it heals around 4-7 years. (source: INRA)
Nutritional qualities of the egg
Low in calories, the egg is rich in protein but also vitamins. It contains vitamin A (essential for vision), D (to strengthen the skeleton), E (antioxidant action), K (role in blood coagulation) and several vitamins of group B. It also contains iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium. If it holds cholesterol, a 2001 study showed that “the daily consumption of an egg did not affect the blood cholesterol level, and it did not cause any risk of cardiovascular disease and this, in people in good health (not suffering from particular diseases), “reads the website of the National Committee for the promotion of the egg.
Some eggs to give to babies
When proteins appear in baby meals, we can start by offering him ¼ of a boiled egg at noon. It must be given, alternating with meat and fish, so about one to two times a week. Between 9 and 12 months, we recommend 1/3 of hard-boiled eggs and from 2 years old, a half. You have to wait until the child is more significant to give him a whole egg. Attention, indeed, not to provide too much protein to children …
At the very beginning, it is best to prepare a hard egg and mix a quarter with mashed potatoes. It is also possible to make desserts with eggs (cooked creams …). In this case, you should not introduce protein into the mashed vegetables. Regarding other preparations (omelets, scrambled eggs …), it is better to wait until the child is ready to adopt new consistencies and take into account his ability to chew and swallow. For the raw egg, nothing presses! There is indeed a risk of food poisoning, especially if the cold chain has been broken, which can cause diarrhea, fever, and dehydration.
To note that when preparing eggs, take into account their laying date. When they are “extra fresh” (up to nine days after laying), they can be hulled, poached and scrambled; between ten and fourteen days after the date mentioned, they will be prepared “on the flat.” Beyond and up to twenty-eight days later, they can be used in a cooked sauce, pastry, or hardened.
Choosing and keeping the eggs
The label of the box must include: category (A), size , date of recommended consumption (DCR) or date of laying, indications on breeding ( country of origin ; farming method : bio = 0, outdoor = 1, floor = 2, caged = 3). “Packed on” means that the eggs were laid a maximum of two days ago. They are kept away from the air, light, and moisture and at 4 ° C, not less, so always on the refrigerator door. Finally, store them tip facing down. A tip to check that the egg is fresh: dip it in a bowl of cold salted water. If it tends to rise to the surface, do not consume it to the hull or calf.
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