Giving eggs before age one may prevent later allergy

US findings show children not introduced to egg by 12 months are more likely to have egg allergy at six

Introducing babies to eggs early may help protect them from developing an egg allergy, as has been shown for peanuts, a US study indicates.

The findings showed early introduction to eggs before 12 months of age and eating them weekly is associated with decreased egg allergy.

Researchers examined parent survey data reporting infant feeding and food allergy data in their children from birth to six years. 

Egg allergy was reported by parents as "diagnosed as allergic to eggs".