Baby food

When can babies eat eggs?

We asked paediatrician Dr. Dina Kulik when it is best to start introducing eggs into your baby's diet.

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Q: We’re introducing solids to our baby—is it safe to serve her eggs?

A: When we were growing up, there was a common belief that feeding babies eggs before a year of age would cause an egg allergy. New and exciting research suggests otherwise: feeding baby eggs, and other allergens, by six months of age can actually decrease the risk of developing an allergy.

Parents can introduce eggs in their baby’s diet whenever baby is eager to take solids, typically between four and six months. Egg is an excellent source of iron-containing protein, and therefore an amazing food to give your baby, as their iron stores start to decrease after six months of age. Ensure you cook the egg well to kill off any harmful bacteria.

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