DISCLAIMER: I’m not a doctor of any kind! If you have a concern or question about your baby’s health or potential allergies, pleeeease talk to your pediatrician or general doctor!
I’m going to do a little “series” on allergens. There are a few common food allergies and intolerances that folks have: eggs, dairy, gluten, and nuts (peanuts and others). So I’ll do a post for each of those!
The official stance on eggs
I tend to follow the guidelines from the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics! So here is what they have to say (click the link to read more):
- introducing allergens early can help prevent food allergies
- a baby is more susceptible to an egg allergy if his parents or siblings have an egg allergy
Signs your baby may have an egg allergy
These signs usually show up within seconds or minutes. Occasionally they’ll show up a few hours later. (Source: National Institutes of Health)
- tingling and itching of the mouth
- hives, itching, eczema
- swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat
- wheezing or trouble breathing
- diarrhea, vomiting, nausea
- dizziness, fainting
If an allergy exists, here are some alternatives you can offer
There’s no replacement for a hard-boiled, fried, or scrambled egg!
But there are some substitutions you can use when you’re cooking and baking:
- 1/2 mashed banana = 1 egg
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce = 1 egg
- 3 tbsp peanut butter = 1 egg
- You can also use chia seed or ground flax, but I figure the above ingredients are more likely in your house already!
If there is NO allergy, here are ways you can offer eggs!