Be Cautious when Introducing Egg White to Baby

Ahalya tasted egg white (8 months+) for the first time as her 75th ingredient to try. I boiled an egg, separated the white from the yolk and puréed half with the rest of her lunch ingredients. Try and use gam biththara or free range farm eggs if they are available to you.
A large egg white supplies your child with approximately 3.6 grams of protein. And protein helps your child grow normally, but it also helps fuel her body so she can spend her day with plenty of energy. Your child will also get a good dose of choline when she eats egg whites. Choline is a nutrient that helps your child’s brain work properly and is associated with enhanced memory function as well. The white of eggs supply some calcium and potassium too. They are known for the improvement of healthy hair, skin and bones, heart health and overall effective cell and organ function.

Some suggest offering egg whites to infants after the one year mark but my little one’s pediatrician and the government weaning guide recommend it at 8 months+. Keep in mind though that egg whites are among the most common food allergens for children. Symptoms of an allergy include rash, swelling around the mouth, diarrhea, vomiting, runny nose, itchy eyes or difficulty breathing. If your child develops any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. Many breakfast and dessert recipes, such as those for smoothies or royal icing suggest using raw egg whites – don’t ever serve your child egg whites in raw form because they can harbor bacteria that can make children very ill. In any case, please consult your baby’s pediatrician before introducing egg white to your child for the first time.

At 10 months+) my baby had a severe reaction when the entire egg white was consumed at a single meal, twice. She projectile vomited and purged, but settled soon after being breastfed continuously. So, I gave her the whole yolk with 1/4 of an egg at mealtimes until she was one. Since becoming 1 year+ she has been consuming an entire egg white without an issue. Later she began eating 2 egg whites a a single meal too!

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