When Can Babies Eat Eggs?
One of the many pleasures of being a family is sharing the same food at the table. Eggs are among the most anticipated of those shared foods. After all, we parents can’t survive on Cheerios or pureed carrots alone. But eggs? They count as real sustenance. It’s no wonder, then, that moms are eager to know: At what age can baby eat eggs?
When Can Babies Have Eggs?
The short answer is about 6 months, as California-based pediatrician Tanya Altmann, MD, suggests in her book What to Feed Your Baby. It’s a reasonable recommendation, since, at that point, babies are trying new foods to complement their breast milk. But the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) doesn’t actually have an official age recommendation.
Back in 2000, the AAP advised that parents withhold eggs from babies until the age of 2. But in 2008—because of studies suggesting that allergenic foods introduced earlier in life may help prevent food allergies—the organization dropped that previous directive, and many doctors now recommend that parents feed their babies eggs earlier. However, with the lack of egg-feeding guidelines for specific age groups, there’s a bit of confusion, and parents are often nervous about feeding baby eggs.
Baby Egg Allergy
It’s easy to see why parents worry about feeding baby eggs. About 2 percent of infants can be allergic to eggs. And, while about 70 percent can outgrow that allergy by the time they reach age 16, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, this allergy can be quite serious. As Dana Metz, a mother of two girls, recalls, when she gave her younger daughter a serving at 10 months old, her daughter immediately…