Ensuring that young children grow up strong and healthy will always be a top priority for new parents – and now new research has suggested that by feeding your baby an egg a day, you could help them develop properly and reduce stunted growth.
The Washington University study found that eggs could increase standardised length-for-age scores and weight-for-age scores when given to children between the ages of six and nine months once a day for six months.
The children in this treatment group not only had higher intakes of eggs, however, but also had a reduced intake of sugar-sweetened products compared to the control group.
Lead author of the study Lora Iannotti said: “Eggs can be affordable and easily accessible. They are also a good source of nutrients for growth and development in young children. Eggs have the potential to contribute to reduced-growth stunting around the world.”
As long as your baby is at least six months old, it’s fine to start feeding them eggs. To begin with, give them a few bits and pieces to see how they get on, but any form of eggs is fine for little ones – so start scrambling, poaching, boiling and frying to your heart’s content!
However, avoid giving them raw eggs so anything like homemade mayo, mousse or homemade ice cream should be left well alone. Be aware as well that your child may have an egg allergy, so look out for sore throats, itchy or runny noses, swelling, rashes or itchy and watery eyes.
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