Some children who are allergic to egg can eat small amounts of egg that is well baked (in cakes and biscuits, for example).
Often they will not tolerate raw egg, whole egg or lightly processed such as mayonnaise or meringue.
𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐛𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐞𝐠𝐠𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐲.
It is important to know that egg may be found in a wide range of foods, including:
Also, food labels with the below items may suggest the presence of egg so look out for:
Resolution of egg allergy tends to occur in stages, starting with tolerance to baked egg.
The suggestion is to have an initial dose of ¼ of the age-appropriate dose the child would have in one day.
From then double the dose every other day and aim to give it 2 to 3 times per week.
Remember to always be guided by your Paediatric Allergy Team, which should include a Paediatric Allergy Dietitian.
Dr Costa is a Consultant Paediatrician and fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.