The top 4 myths about baby teeth, busted

Milk teeth are vital for your child's health and development.

CATHERINE RODIE 2:26pm Like many other parenting topics, mums and dads get a lot of conflicting advice about their baby's teeth and dental care, so it's easy to see why there are so many myths out there on the subject. From when to take your tot to the dentist for the first time, through to the importance of baby teeth, let's separate fact from fiction and bust some baby teeth myths once and for all.

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Jessica's daughter in her Pavlik harness; and after her treatment.

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Better education about SIDS needed as deaths plateau


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Baby born without most of brain says 'Mummy'

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Parents demand answers after newborn dies from circumcision complications

Ryan Haydari was 22 days old when he had the procedure in 2013.

Staff writers A Canadian couple is furious they have not received answers about why their son died following a circumcision. 

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Second-hand smoke gives kids bad teeth: study


Children who are exposed to second-hand smoke are more likely to suffer tooth decay, research suggests.

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Micheline Arbuthnot and baby Myla.

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Smooth peanut butter is a recommended option.

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William Burton and his mum Wendy.

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Sarah Mariott kissing her son Seb goodbye.

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Baby Mason Page with mum Sarah Bowers.

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Staff writers The government has issued a health warning after a rise in allergic skin reactions has been linked to a preservative found in some wet wipes.

Baby's head shape reveals potentially fatal condition

Matthew before his operation, and while wearing his special helmet afterwards.

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The Australian man whose blood has saved the lives of two million babies

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The truth about sick kids and daycare

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Some premature babies may survive at 22 weeks, study finds

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Tara Hills, a former anti-vaccination mother in Canada.

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Newborn 'cooled' to save life

Caitlin today shows no signs of the illness that almost took her life.

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Baby boy born without a nose 'is perfect', says mum

Baby Eli, who was born without a nose.

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'Toni, another baby has died': the anguish of watching governments fail our babies


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Free whooping cough vaccine for WA mums

Baby Riley Hughes, four weeks, died from whooping cough at Princess Margaret Hospital.

NICOLE COX Pregnant West Australian women will be offered free whooping cough vaccinations in the wake of the death of four-week-old Riley Hughes.

Baby Mia survives heart surgery at 14 days of age

Baby Mia in the arms of mum Kelly-Jo.

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'He's a blessing': family of baby born without eyes

Jordy Jackson, who was born without eyes, with his parents.

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How a common painkiller almost killed my baby

Chasely while recovering in hospital.

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Aussie doctors pioneer procedure that gives baby boy new immune system

Kini's successful treatment means he'll live a healthy life.

NICKY PHILLIPS At three months of age Kini almost died from a cold - but a new procedure has given him an amazing second chance at life.

Eating peanut products early could prevent allergy, study shows

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Andrew Pollack Turning what was once conventional wisdom on its head, a new study suggests that many peanut allergies can be prevented by feeding young children food containing peanuts beginning in infancy.

Common skin irritations in newborns (and how to treat them)

One in two babies suffer from minor skin irritations in their first few weeks.

As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?

My newborn baby had a stroke

Purdy Blow and her daughter Ava-Rose today.

Sarah Chalmers Strokes occur in about one in 4,000 newborns a year in Britain with life-changing consequences for the baby and the family.

Why skin to skin is so important

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Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

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With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.

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