P.W. asks from Halethorpe, MD on July 30, 2009
D.J. answers from Richmond on July 31, 2009
Hi P.~My pediatrician said that I could start feeding my daughter eggs when she was 9 months old. She didn't have any problems with them allergy wise, but she doesn't seem to care too much for them taste wise!
V.D. answers from Norfolk on July 31, 2009
Trena D and I have the same opinion. My daughter had a milk/soy gluten allergy. We proceeded with caution with eggs, by one she was eating scrambled egg. Is there a reason why your doctor wants you to wait?
H.S. answers from Washington DC on July 31, 2009
I agree with Rachel H. Unless you have a history of food allergies in your family, or your son has some specific digestive issues, there's no reason to wait. I would ask your pediatrician the reasoning for waiting. Remember that your pediatrician is an adviser but YOU are in charge of your child. So, you educate yourself, take in others opinions and then make the decision that makes sense to you for your child and family. Good luck!
J.C. answers from Lynchburg on July 31, 2009
My kids both ate eggs young-well before 12 mo. I know some people go crazy about allergies, and I will say that neither has had shellfish yet-the one food allergy that anyone in my family has. We monitered them-made sure they were healthy already (no fever, no recent illness) and did it on days that we knew we'd be fine going to the hospital. My parents were told to start us on eggs at 3 mo, and we did fine, and my kids didn't get them that early. I think my son was 6 mo (he was on mostly table food by then anyways-he simply wouldn't eat babyfood and wasn't gaining enough by nursing and formula). My daughter had eggs when she was 9 or 10 mo I think.
F.B. answers from Kansas City on July 31, 2009
my son didn't have eggs until he was 3 because he had other food allergies. A friend of my just posted on his facebook 2-3wks ago that his 15month old is doing well after being released from intensive care to the regular peds floor after eating eggs and have an anaphlaytic shock response from them. The older the child is the smaller the chance they'll have the reaction, many kids have common food allergies they out grow by 2 (eggs, milk, soy, etc) and it's easier to see the response, because the older child can tell you they don't feel well. If your doctor said 16months you can try them then, but I've mostly heard 2.
After reading the rest of the response I will tell you they are wrong...my son had an allergic reaction to soy. He was given 5 oz at 11 months old because my pumped milk at the babysitters was bad (first ever formula). He got that at 4:45 pm on the day Hurricane Katrina struck, I remember everthing about that day because I randomly went to check him in bed at 8:15pm (he went down at 7:45pm) to find that he had started vomiting, I never even heard it because he was unconscious. We rushed him to the hospital, and thankfully didn't choke on the vomit. He had NO response before that, no lips swelling, no nothing. My friend I mentioned above, fed his daughter, put her down for her nap like normal and checked on her when her nap was longer than normal, found her not really waking up, by the time they got to the doctor they were flown to the nearest childrens hospital (not the nearest hospital), so no you may no know right away.
M.F. answers from Norfolk on July 31, 2009
I think I sit with most of the Moms here. I gave DD egg yolks IN products (i.e., chicken and stars with egg noodles) at 9 months or so of age), then regular eggs at a year. Our pediatrician was fine with that. Another pediatrician in the practice yelled at me for giving her the yolks before a year (again, not straight yolks). The egg whites are definitely NOT recommended before one year.
Unless you have a family history of food allergies, or you've seen allergy issues with your son, I think that you should be fine to give him eggs at this point. If you have a history of allergies, then you might want to wait. They should be able to test him at 16 months for egg allergies.
T.D. answers from Lynchburg on July 31, 2009
I guess the answer to that questions depends on how you eat, too. I take a holistic/"all natural" view. I've read several books on the subject and feel that the benefits of trying eggs early far outweigh the risks. If your child is allergic, you will know right away (start by just giving one bite). Eggs are extremely important for brain developement. I started my kids on eggs at 6 months. I also paid a little extra and got the brown cage-free eggs. They even seemed to like the taste of those better. Starting them early also increases the chances that they will continue to like eggs as they get older. Hope this helps!
L.G. answers from Washington DC on July 30, 2009
Does your son have any allergies? My son, who's now 15 months, has been eating eggs since about 8 months. But he eats anything - from fish to meats to peanut butter, which we were told to avoid until 2.
Each practice has its own philosophy. Before giving him eggs, I'd ask the pediatrician the reasoning behind waiting another 4 months.
M.W. answers from Washington DC on July 31, 2009
I gave the yolk to her before age 1 and once she turned 1 I gave her the whole thing...she loves them!!
I looked it up, the suggested age is 12 months.