When we introduce the egg into the baby's diet
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The egg provides 40% of the baby's daily protein needs and 90% of the recommended daily dose of vitamins B1 and B6, but remains a valuable source of calcium and vitamins and minerals. It is a solid food that occurs later in the child's diversified diet, as it presents higher risks of allergies than other foods. Yellow and blue enter the baby's menu at different ages.
When is it fed?
The yolk is the first one to enter the baby's diversified menu, from 6 to 8 months, after already acquainting with most fruits and vegetables. Albus is introduced later in its diet, after the age of 1 year, due to the increased risk of allergies. In both the case of yellowing and abuse, it is advisable to carefully monitor how the child's body reacts to their consumption and to closely monitor possible allergic reactions.
Even if your baby is allergic to one of the components of the egg - in general, the eggplant - it does not mean he will never be able to eat this food. The specialists argue that the egg allergy disappears by itself until the age of 5 years.
What vitamins and minerals contains?
Egg is considered one of the most nutritious foods. Apart from the highest quality proteins for which it is recognized, egg is a calorically and nutritionally balanced food, providing the body with healthy fats, vitamins and minerals essential for growth and development:
- Vitamin A;
- Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 (folic acid) and B12;
- Vitamin D (egg is among the few foods that contain this nutrient);
- Vitamin E.
Among the main benefits of egg on the health of the child are:
- prevention of heart disease;
- strengthening the bone system;
- strengthening the immune system;
- energizing the body;
- prevention of anemia;
- fighting depression;
- stimulation of hair and nail growth;
- improvement of the functions of the central nervous system - memory, concentration, attention;
- Improving vision and preventing eye disorders.
How do you choose fresh eggs?
Specialists recommend that parents choose organic eggs for baby meals, which come from raised hens and fed naturally. They are healthier and prevent the harmful effects on the health of eggs from stressed hens, raised in inappropriate environments and imbued with growth hormones.
According to specialists, the consumption of eggs from chickens fed artificially, under adverse conditions, causes severe hormonal disorders, which can lead to early puberty in children. The color of the eggshell does not influence its nutritional quality. The color difference is given only by the breed of hens from which it comes.
Beyond checking the shelf life of each egg or formwork, the freshness of the eggs is best verified by the water test - if they remain at the bottom of the water when they are put in a glass, they are fresh, if they rise to the surface, they are old.
But when you are in the store, and this test cannot be done quickly, you can check its freshness by shaking it. When the content moves while shaking the egg, it means that it has already aged. When you are at home, you can easily see if the egg is fresh depending on the consistency of the contents, after its breaking - the aqueous white is a sign that the food is outdated.
At what tables do you introduce it?
The egg can be introduced in the baby's menu in the morning or lunch tables, but not in the evening, because it digests harder than other foods and overloads the liver.
According to pediatrician Rodica Nanu, from the "Batistei" Policlinica in Bucharest, up to the age of 1 year, it is not advisable to give the child more than 3 eggs (yellows) per week, and after this age, the weekly portion will increase to maximum 4 whole eggs. After the age of 5, the child will be able to consume a maximum of 5 eggs, weekly, but taking into account the content of eggs from other preparations offered to the little one, not just their own consumption.
How do you prepare and serve it?
Raw eggs are contraindicated for the baby, because of the increased risk of infection with Salmonella, a bacterium commonly found in them. They should be served boiled to the baby, as it is the only way in which food keeps all its nutrients and does not affect the health of the child.
According to the doctor, fried eggs lose much of the essential nutrients, but they are also dangerous to health, as they contain high amounts of unhealthy fats, which increase cholesterol and predispose to cardiovascular diseases. But even when you cook them, you have to keep in mind a few rules. Although most parents give the baby hard boiled eggs, the doctor argues that the best for the baby are the softest (but not the most).
The more eggs are cooked, the harder they are to digest by the sensitive stomach of the child, and the nutrients are absorbed harder in the body, says the pediatrician. If you want to make them mesh or omelette, opt for cooking them in dishes that do not require oil or by the Benedict method, which does not involve frying.
What other foods can you associate with it?
Egg is a versatile food, which is part of the many preparations you cook for the child, especially after the age of 1 year. Until then, it is advisable to introduce the egg in combination with vegetables, dairy and cereals in baby recipes. The egg can be introduced into puddings, mashed potatoes, soups or served alongside mamaliguta.
Egg recipes for children
Puree with pumpkin and egg yolk
Pot with egg yolk
Cheese with egg
Mamaliguta with egg, cheese and yogurt
Spinach cream with egg
After 1 year
Potatoes with egg and cheese
At what age did you first introduce yellow in your baby's menu? But the albus? What delicious recipes do you prepare for your toddler with eggs? Tell us your suggestions in the comments section below!
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