Many benefits of feeding egg yolks to babies.

Many benefits of feeding egg yolks to babies.

Eggs are integral part of a healthy diet that offers an array of benefits. But, for a while, a common myth about the presence of high cholesterol content in the egg yolk, have left some parents in two minds about whether or not to introduce this nutritional powerhouse in the diets of their children.

It’s time to set the story straight on the nutritional benefits of an egg.

Egg yolks are a good source of essential fatty acids through which you can introduce docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in children’s diet. Studies have shown that eggs enriched with omega-3 fatty acids are a good source of DHA. The food can be safely added in the diet without having to worry about the adverse effects.

Essential nutrients in egg yolk include vitamins (A, D, E, B12, B6, folate, thiamine), minerals (selenium, phosphorus, zinc) and protein. These nutrients boost the immune system and help carry out day-to-day bodily functions. Egg yolks also contains choline, a neuro-nutrient that is vital for the health of the brain.

After six months, babies require complementary feeding. Research shows that early introduction of eggs (first year) can be is beneficial for the growth and development of a child.

Egg yolk benefits babies!

Due to its nutrient dense nature, egg yolks have positive impacts on the growth and development of children, who were introduced to eggs during early complementary feeding periods.

Also, egg yolks for 6-month-old babies can be considered safe. It is better to eat a whole egg in order to get the benefits of the good quality nutrients.

Parents often worry about introducing egg yolk to a baby as it may cause an allergic reaction. Egg allergies are common in children below the age of four. However, many kids outgrow the problem. Early introduction of cooked egg yolk can actually protect the baby from developing an allergy.

in case your child develops skin hives, eczema, swelling or shows symptoms of nausea, vomiting, runny nose, diarrhoea and/or has difficulty in breathing after the consumption of an egg, it is best to consult with a doctor immediately Also, if there is a history of egg allergy in the family, consult your doctor/nutritionist before introducing egg into your baby’s diet.

Make sure that babies are given cooked eggs. Raw egg yolk for babies can be harmful, and cause salmonellosis. Cooked and baked eggs are recommended. Hard-boiled egg yolks can be mashed and mixed with formula or breast milk. Do not mix spices and condiments in the egg yolk while feeding. Eggs can also be given to children as finger foods.

Key message

Eggs offer several health benefits and are considered a safe early food for babies. However, if you have a family has a history of an allergic reaction to eggs or if your baby has any other allergies, consult your healthcare provider before introducing eggs in your baby’s diet

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