This myth starts all the way from the days of our grandparents, and it was always said that when a child is given eggs as a complementary food,
the child will have a thick tongue .
and therefore will not be able to talk, or will have the talking milestone delayed. Generally it was believed that eggs would damage a child’s brain.
However, eggs are an excellent choice when you are looking to provide proteins, for a child and even for adults.
Eggs contain B vitamins, vitamin D, and minerals, we all need these nutrients and this does not exclude babies. The egg white contains most of the proteins and the egg yolk contains additional minerals.
These particular nutrients are very important as they support optimal growth and development, and this is precisely why babies should not be denied them.
Aside from that eggs also contain choline and iodine which are particularly important for brain development. This bursts this myth.
The caution here is to watch out and not overuse it because too much of any food can have consequences.
Important is to;
- Alternate between the various sources of proteins that we have, both from plants and from animals, to maximize the intake of a variety of nutrients.
- Pay close attention to your child also to notice any allergies that may occur. Like skin itching or swelling.
What this means is that “one egg at a time” if your child has eggs for breakfast, get an alternative protein for lunch and for supper as well.
Eggs are Nutritious, affordable and accessible. You should try them as complementary feed for your baby.