My one-week-old baby battled meningitis

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Donna Webeck Although doctors and midwives reassured her everything was fine, Naomi felt that something wasn't quite right with her newborn daughter. Thankfully, she followed her instincts - and discovered that her one-week-old had meningitis.

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Mums' songs can do wonders for premature babies

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LETITIA ROWLANDS The early weeks of a premature baby's life can be stressful, but research shows singing to your newborn can help help both baby and mum.

Premmie babies: taking it one day at a time

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Letitia Rowlands This heartwarming video shows tiny Walker Pruett, born at just 26 weeks, making his mum and dad proud by growing stronger every day.

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New surgery making life easier for sick babies

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 24:  (L-R) Darren Carle, Nicole O'Donnell and Jaxson Carle (baby) pose at Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick on July 24, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Fairfax Media via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Darren Carle; Nicole O'Donnell; Jaxson Carle

Harriet Alexander A pioneering medical procedure is making treatment of babies suffering from birth disorder oesophageal atresia less traumatic.

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Aussie babies thriving after pioneering surgery

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 24:  (L-R) Darren Carle, Nicole O'Donnell and Jaxson Carle (baby) pose at Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick on July 24, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Fairfax Media via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Darren Carle; Nicole O'Donnell; Jaxson Carle

Harriet Alexander Doctors have performed a pioneering medical procedure on two babies suffering from a rare birth disorder .

Bring out your nappies: The Nappy Collective starts new drive

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LETITIA ROWLANDS It's that time of year when the dedicated volunteers at The Nappy Collective do their bit to help out mums and children in need - and they need your help.

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Colds in babies and young children

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Learn how to treat a cold in young babies and children.

Lizard found in can of baby formula

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LISA VISENTIN A Sydney mother who claims to have found a dead and rotting lizard inside a tin of baby formula is calling for a nationwide recall.

Healing hugs for sick babies

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Evelyn Walter underwent life-saving surgery just five days after she was born, but thanks to state-of-the-art equipment and the care of expert medical staff she's now a healthy toddler.

Study confirms safety of childhood vaccines

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Karen Kaplan Public health experts have taken a fresh look at the safety records of childhood vaccines and once again pronounced them safe.

Baby suffers seizures after formula replaced with cordial

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AMY CORDEROY A six-month-old girl has suffered from life-threatening seizures after her mother fed her cordial because she could not afford to buy her infant formula.

'Mini-epidemic' of virus infecting newborns

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Beau Donelly Hundreds of newborns have been infected with a potentially dangerous virus that is similar to hand, foot and mouth disease.

Running for these precious lives

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Being told that your baby has neuroblastoma cancer is beyond devastating, but the support of family and friends is helping this family through their despair.

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The life-saving vaccine our children are being denied

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LETITIA ROWLANDS A vaccine against the deadly B-strain of meningococcal disease is available in Australia, but it's not part of the childhood National Immunisation Program and is too costly for many families to access.

RECALL: Metal blade found in baby food

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Staff writers Woolworths is recalling Baby Macro Organic Tomato Chicken with Pasta Puree 120g purchased at any Woolworths, Safeway or Thomas Dux supermarket with a best before date of 07/Aug/14.

How reflux brought us to breaking point

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Amanda McDonough When our son was born he rarely stopped crying and refused to breastfeed. Finally, as a toddler, he was diagnosed with reflux.

Is it time to re-introduce circumcision to public hospitals?

Stefanie MacDonald with her circumcised son, James in her Sydney home.

LUCY CARROLL Circumcision rates for newborn boys in NSW have jumped by more than 30 per cent in the past two decades - but experts are divided as to whether the practice should once again be routinely offered.

Services for deaf children under threat

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LETITIA ROWLANDS The Federal Government is investigating the possible sale of the nation's largest provider of audiological services, but parents of deaf and hearing impaired children fear children will suffer if the plans go ahead.

How 'cocooning' can help save babies' lives

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Julie Deardorff In an effort to protect newborns from whooping cough, and to increase adult immunisation rates, some doctors are promoting the concept of "cocooning" or vaccinating anyone who comes into contact with the infant.

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Babies are never too young for a day at the spa

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LETITIA ROWLANDS A new baby day spa in the US offers infants a soothing float and a relaxing massage, all for the price of AU$70.

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Conjoined twins Hope and Faith pass away

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Letitia Rowlands In sad news, cojoined twins Faith and Hope have passed away at just three weeks of age.

No doubt about it: no link between vaccinations and autism, major study finds

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There is no link whatsoever between vaccinations and autism spectrum disorder, says an Australian professor who has reviewed 10 international studies involving more than one million children.

Conjoined twins born in Sydney

Renee Young with Hope and Faith, who share a heart, a body, limbs and a skull, but each have their own brains and a set of identical facial features.

Alexandra Back Twin girls with a very rare medical condition called diprosopus have been born to a Sydney mother.

Born with insides on the outside: little Alexi's story

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Anna Rose At just 10 weeks, Alexi Louise has been though more than most people fit into a lifetime. But the prognosis is good for this little fighter.

Helmets do little to help most babies with flat skulls: study

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Catherine Saint Louis A new study has found that the use of infant helmets - a common remedy for flat skulls in babies - in most cases produces no more improvement than doing nothing at all.

First-time mum 'made to feel like a nuisance' before son's death

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Andrea O'Neil A mother has told a New Zealand Coroner's Court that she was made to feel like an over-anxious nuisance at her GP clinic, three months before her baby died in her arms in hospital.

The babies who can't grow hair or teeth

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Michele Munz When Mary Kaye Richter's son was diagnosed with hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia 33 years ago, she could only find a few paragraphs about it. Now a new generation has hope for treatment.

A tiny heart: a baby’s death gives life to another

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Susan Schrock Simon Alexander Garcia lived only one brief hour. But somewhere, a little girl’s heart is beating today because of him.

Asphyxia link another piece of the SIDS puzzle

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LETITIA ROWLANDS An Australian study has uncovered information which could lead to a better understanding of why babies die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Experts concerned over whooping cough mutation

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LUCY CARROLL A study has found that the bacteria that causes whooping cough has mutated, making it more important than ever before that babies are immunised to help prevent exposure from those whose vaccines have worn off.

Dear parents: you are being lied to about vaccines

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Jennifer Raff The people who claim to be acting in the best interests of your children are putting their health and even lives at risk by rejecting immunisations.

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Father wins right to vaccinate his children

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LOUISE HALL A Sydney father has won the right to vaccinate his children after a court battle with their mother, who is strongly opposed to immunisation.

11 Asian nations now officially polio free

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The World Health Organization has officially certified India and 10 other Asian countries free of polio, a milestone lauded as a ‘‘momentous victory’’ over an ancient scourge.

Colombia's fattest baby rescued by charity

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Melanie Mahoney A charity group has come to the aid of Colombia’s fattest baby, an eight-month-old boy who weighs a shocking 19.7kg.

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Concerns over industry-led baby formula council

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Bianca Hall Parents and public health experts hold fears about a new plan that will see the closure of an independent panel that monitored how infant formula is marketed to new parents.

Picture of baby with birth defect banned on Facebook

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Melody McCabe A mum in the US is furious that Facebook banned photos of her son, because he had a severe birth defect.

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Canberra mum's rainbow vaccination reminder wins Gates Foundation award

Dr Lisa Scharoun, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Canberra.

LARISSA NICHOLSON A mother who lectures at the University of Canberra has won a major international award that could one day help save children around the world.

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Expert eyes give sick babies best chance of survival

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LETITIA ROWLANDS New vision technology is helping treat sick babies and children with greater speed and care than was possible before.

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Second case gives hope for cure for HIV babies

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A second child with HIV who was treated immediately after being born has no signs of the virus more than nine months later, bolstering evidence the approach may offer a potential cure for infected infants.

Ellie’s smile masks a rare and fatal disease

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Peter Gardiner Ellie Topliff's radiant smile lights up the world of her parents - but they know that all too soon, one of the rarest of diseases in the world will take their daughter from them.

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Baby's whooping cough death 'preventable'

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Sarah-Jane O'Connor Extensive vaccinations could have saved a baby dying from whooping cough, a coroner has stated.

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Premature baby dies after nurse removes ventilator without permission

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Premature baby Rohan Rhodes died after a nurse turned off his ventilator without permission. His grieving parents are demanding answers.

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Kind-hearted mums show the difference a nappy can make

Lisa Simon and Sandra Jacobs with some of the nappies collected during TCN's first collection drive.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Women in crisis often struggle to provide for their babies basic needs, so this group of mums is doing their bit to help out.

Toxic household chemicals linked to autism, ADHD

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JULIA MEDEW Leading experts are calling for a radical overhaul of regulations for chemicals to protect children from every-day toxins that may be causing a global ''silent epidemic'' of brain development disorders such as autism, dyslexia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Premature babies benefit from talk

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Letitia Rowlands They might be little, but premature babies can benefit from a chat with mum and dad, researchers say.

New campaign: 'Vaccination is a vital part of an ethical lifestyle'

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Colleen Fisher, Katie Attwell, Michael J. Wise A groundbreaking campaign aims to change the conversation about vaccination in areas that are known to house clusters of vaccine refusers, encouraging ethical decision-making processes in critically thinking parents.

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Super Finn home at last

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Kathy Sundstrom After more than two months in hospital, meningococcal survivor Finn Smith is coming home.

Hernias in babies and toddlers

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Rashida Tayabali Although one often hears of hernias in adults, it’s also common in babies. Here are the symptoms, treatment, and risks of different types of hernia.

Staying cool and safe in a heatwave

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Staff writers As Australia struggles with consecutive days of high temperatures, health authorities are urging people to stay indoors and to stay hydrated. Here are a few ways to keep your family cool.

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New laws in NSW seek to strengthen disease prevention at childcare

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CATHERINE ARMITAGE Get ready for illness. That is the advice to families starting their infants in childcare over the next few weeks.

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Home truths: the DIY dos and don'ts

A professional renovator gives advice on which jobs you should do yourself, and which you should outsource.

Parenting lessons I’ve yet to learn

Instead of writing about the stuff I do know since becoming a mum, I thought I'd share some of the things I don't. These are the lessons that motherhood hasn't taught me.

Will I be wrecked 'down there' after birth?

Did you worry about how you would look "down there" after giving birth? This mum-to-be found plenty of women willing to share their knowledge.

The new weekend playgroup for working mums

Playgroups are great for kids and parents alike - but the downside is that they often meet during the week, leaving working mums out of the loop.

Letting your toddler be the boss at bedtime

Sick of spending hours trying to get your toddler to sleep? These experts say giving your child more of a say at bedtime might be the answer.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend – me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum – I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

Ezra's tragic death not in vain, mum says

Little Ezra was a "Harry Houdini" who loved trying to escape the family home. Now, after his tragic death, his parents are doing what they can to help others.

Consulting 'Dr Google' when you're pregnant

We're all guilty of turning to the internet for a quick answer when we need medical advice, but Dr Google should be approached with caution - especially when you're pregnant.

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Video: When adults act like children

Ever wondered what would happen if adults were allowed to act like children? This dad's hilarious video clip will give you an idea of what life would be like.

Mums hit hardest as flu cases skyrocket

The number of confirmed cases of influenza in Australia has doubled the number for the same time last year - and women are 25 per cent more likely to get it.

The mum who had four babies in nine months

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