Food and Nutrition

An egg-a-day? Does it apply to a toddler too?

Anurima
1 to 3 years

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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.    

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Kavitha Karthikeyan

| 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 ...

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Radhika Thombre

| Nov 08, 2012

Great!

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Anurima

| Nov 08, 2012

Thank you again Radhika. Its wonderful to hear such first hand experiences :) I have given my son the egg yellow today with his lunch.. Will try the cheese after a few days.

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Radhika Thombre

| 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.

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Radhika Thombre

| Nov 07, 2012

Hi! Arunima,

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Anurima

| Nov 07, 2012

Hi Radhika. Thank you so much for your post. I will try to give my 8 month old son half an egg too. I will watch out for reactions as suggested by you. Are your daughters ok with cheese too? Which cheese have you given them? Thanks :)

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Radhika Thombre

| 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.

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Radhika Thombre

| 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. \

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Radhika Thombre

| Nov 06, 2012

Hi! Arunima,

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Usha

| Nov 02, 2012

Hi Anurima, thanks for starting this topic. Tanuja, my son is 7 months old now. We were planning to give boiled egg white alone to my son this diwali. But still somewhat afraid to start. Your suggestion could help me take decision.

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Anurima

| Nov 02, 2012

Hi Radhika, can I ask you too as to when you started giving your 10 month old half an egg a day? Could I give my 8 month old too? I am a little apprehensive to experiment.. so any experiences shared by you all will be really helpful.

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Debjani

| 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.

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Radhika

| 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. :(

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Anurima

| 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 :)

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Radhika Thombre

| Nov 01, 2012

Hi! my twin daughters are 10 months plus and I am giving them 1 egg(half boiled) every day. I hope I have not hurried it up. any suggestions?

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Radhika Thombre

| Nov 01, 2012

Hi! my twin daughters are 10 months plus and I am giving them 1 egg(half boiled) every day. I hope I have not hurried it up. any suggestions?

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Anurima

| Nov 01, 2012

Hey Payal, thanks for sharing this bit of information. I will try to do the same. Since my daughter has very strong preferences in food, so it will be challenging for me to get her to eat two eggs a day to begin with. But I will surely try my best :)

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Payal

| 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.

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Anurima

| Oct 31, 2012

Thank you so much Tanuja. I finally have the answer to this question,which has been on my mind for months :)

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Tanuja Sodhi

| 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.

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