Obviously if you are allergic to eggs, the eggkins diet will not be for you.
But what about feeding eggs to young children, babies and toddlers?
**If there is a family history of egg allergies, consult your doctor or allergist first.**
Doctors recommend not feeding egg whites to babies under the age of six months as they may be allergic to the protein in egg whites – ovalbumin and ovomucoid. Some children, however, are allergic to the yolk protein, although this is far less common. So again, check with your doctor or allergist to determine sensitivity to eggs, yolks and whites.
Many children outgrow their allergy to eggs by the age of 5.
What are the symptoms of egg allergy in my baby?
Signs of an allergic reaction to eggs tend to appear within minutes, although it can take up to a few hours for symptoms to show.
Signs to look for include
- itching/rash around mouth, sometimes spreading to the rest of the body
- facial swelling
- tummy pain
- runny nose
- difficulty breathing
- rapid heartbeat
- low blood pressure
Occasionally, an egg allergy in baby can lead to allergic shock, a serious condition requiring immediate medical attention.
Egg allergy can only be diagnosed by your baby’s doctor or allergist.