An egg-a-day? Does it apply to a toddler too?
Created by Updated on Oct 30, 2012
Are there restrictions on how many eggs a toddler can eat in a week? My daughter is 3. 5 years old and I give her a maximum of 3 eggs per week. However, people have suggested that I can give her an egg everyday. I am not sure if it will have any adverse effect on her health or instead, benefit her in the long run. Please advice.
| Oct 31, 2012
Dear Arunima, Toddlers require protein, fat and cholesterol in their diet for healthy development. And egg is a powerhouse of protein & cholesterol with generous amounts of other nutrients such as Folate, Vit B12, Vit D3 etc. So giving your child an egg each day, along with other nutritious foods like whole grains, milk and fresh fruits and vegetables, does not pose any risk in terms of excessive cholesterol. The only suggestion is to contain the other non-nutritive cholesterol, saturated fat and transfat sources in the diet such as butter, ice cream, cakes, cookies, frieds, processed meat etc so as to give a balanced diet to your daughter.
| Nov 01, 2012
I have been giving my daughter 2 eggs daily for the last 2 years (she is 5). That is the only breakfast she has apart from a banana. A doctor friend suggested that children in todays world will grow up taller than us because of the protein in their diet- so it is important to include 2 eggs unless the child is ill or has stomach ache. I follow his advise as he has been doing the same for both his daughters with no side effects.
| Nov 01, 2012
Hi Radhika. Can you please tell me at what age you started giving your daughters eggs? Do you cut the eggs into small pieces and give them or coarsely mash them up? I have an 8 month old son and would like to introduce eggs to his diet too.. but not sure when. Please share your experience. Thanks :)
| Nov 02, 2012
Hi, I too gave been giving my to be 4 year old Daughter 2-3 eggs a week and son who is 10 months now a portion of boiled egg. I give my children egg specially in winters as apart from its nutritional benefits also warns the body from within. Thigh my son doesn't like it much. :(
| Nov 02, 2012
Hi, Thanks to Arunima for taking up this topic of discussion and thanks to Tanuja too for sharing the expert advice. This question have been going on in my mind offlate since eggs is the only thing that my 2 and half year old son likes eating these days. Because of his tantrums and fuss with food , I was forced to give him 2 eggs each day.
| Nov 06, 2012
Hi! I started giving eggs to my twins when they were 8 months old. started with 1 half boiled egg a day(half to both). waited if any allergy in case it happens, but thankfully they were ok with it. Mashed the egg and added a pinch of salt. Try to give them a little first time. if any allergy erupts, please stop egg immediately and consult Pediatritian. both daughters love it tried to introduce cheese too and they are liking it. now want to start off with home made Chicken soup after two three days. \
| Nov 06, 2012
Hi! Usha, Please start with yyellow part first at 7 months. if it agrees with his system then introduce the white part which should be mashed thoroghly as they do not have teeth to chew and after every two spoons give water to the baby with a bottle or with a spoon .If he coughs wait for a while then feed him but in small quantity only once in a day.
| Nov 07, 2012
My daughters are loving the cheese. I am giving them Amul cheese cubes. but only once a day. Please give your son yellow part first if it agrees with his system then introduce the white part which should be mashed thoroghly as they do not have teeth to chew and after every two spoons give water to the baby with a bottle or with a spoon .If he coughs wait for a while then feed him but in small quantity only once in a day.
| Nov 11, 2016
Hi all, this is quite interesting topic since I have also come across. I started feeding my son at his age of 8 months with egg yolk smashed with pinch of salt and pepper along with water. Really he liked it and I have been following this as per my pediatrician advice. Now he is 1 year and 3 months I have started feeding whole egg as omlete. My sincere advice is not to feed white portion of egg till the baby achieve first year. Hope this helps ...