Some premature babies may survive at 22 weeks, study finds

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Pam Belluck A new study of thousands of premature births found that a small minority of babies born a week or two before what is now generally considered the point of viability can be treated and survive.

Deaf newborn hears mum's voice for the first time

Elijah Cook hears his mum Ahavah for the first time.

LETITIA ROWLANDS For the first nine weeks of his life Elijah Cook had felt his mother's warmth and enjoyed her loving cuddles. 

Anti-vaccination mum's seven children contract whooping cough

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

Lenny Bernstein and Rebecca Schatz A Canadian woman who had declined to have her children immunised against pertussis, better known as whooping cough, has changed her position now that all seven of her children have come down with the disease.

You want me to do WHAT to fix my son's eczema?

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Josefa Pete My son’s quality of life was definitely consumed by his constant itch, red raw skin and a cycle of skin infections. Then I got a weird suggestion.

A crystal ball for your baby's health

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LETITIA ROWLANDS What if your newborn could arrive with blueprint of what their future might hold health-wise? Would you want to read it?

Baby dies hours after first giggle

Evan Summerfield died of meningitis at 4 months.

LETITIA ROWLANDS At just four months, Evan Summerfield was busy discovering the world, but tragically the little boy's life was cut short by fast moving and deadly meningococcal disease.

Newborn 'cooled' to save life

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

LETITIA ROWLANDS Caitlin Kellie-Jones spent the first 72 hours after her birth in a medically induced state of hypothermia.

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

Baby Eli, who was born without a nose.

LETITIA ROWLANDS A mother whose baby boy was born without her nose describes her son as her "miracle baby".

Lots of colic theories, a few treatments, but not many answers

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Chad Hayes We may not have a clue what colic is, but we do know that it goes away - no matter what you do.

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

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Toni McCaffery It has been six years since whooping cough claimed the life of four-week-old Dana McCaffery. Her parents are angry that lessons learnt weren't enough to save other 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.

TONY MOORE Mia Wall was just 14 days old when she had open heart surgery to save her life.

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

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

Angie Leventis Lourgos Jordy Jackson was born without eyes. He has anophthalmia, which affects one in every 100,000 babies born.

How a common painkiller almost killed my baby

Chasely while recovering in hospital.

Jen Shaw I decided to get my baby some Nurofen. Little did I know I was about to set off the most horror filled week of my life to date.

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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

Only 1.9 per cent of those who were fed peanuts were allergic to them as five-year-olds, compared with 13.7 per cent of the peanut-avoiding children.

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

Skin to skin contact, otherwise known as kangaroo care, is important for many reasons.

CATHERINE RODIE While it may sound self-explanatory, there's more to 'skin to skin' than you may think.

Dear anti-vax parents: We're not mad at you

Chad Hayes An open letter to parents who don't vaccinate their children, from Doctor Chad Hayes.

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Curvy mums make clever babies

Curvy thighs and buttocks help a baby's brain develop.

Eamonn Warner Scientists appear to have discovered why women have evolved to have more curves than men – shapely thighs and bottoms lead to healthier babies.

Stars help save choking babies

Would you know what to do if your baby was choking?

LETITIA ROWLANDS It's an important lesson to learn, but one that busy new mums and dads might overlook until it's too late.

Baby Imogen to celebrate Christmas in spite of chemo

Imogen Holden will be spending her first Christmas receiving chemotherapy treatment.

Cate Broughton Ten-month-old Imogen is about to begin her fourth round of chemotherapy, but her family is determined to celebrate Christmas.

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Mum of baby who fell ill after drinking raw milk speaks out

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Marissa Calligeros and Beau Donelly A Melbourne mother has described how her son turned grey when he became seriously ill after drinking raw milk.

How the cold sore virus killed baby Eloise

Baby Eloise was born on November 1.

Melanie Mahoney Sarah Pugh didn’t expect any issues when she welcomed baby Eloise into the world. She certainly didn't expect her to pass away just 25 days later, a victim of a common virus.

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The 10-month-old as big as a five-year-old

Ten-month-old Indigo Nowakowsky-Kaiuha with mum Tiffany Nowakowsky and cousin Kahutia Manawatu, seven months.

Lisa Knight Indigo weighs 25kg and can't support her own weight - and she is just 10 months old.

Circumcision benefits outweigh risks: new report

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Circumcision can reduce the risk of contracting STDs, including HIV, and can help prevent cancer, a new report says.

When no one believes your child has a deadly allergy

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Kristin-Lee Campbell I have spent nights beside their bed just listening to make sure my children’s breathing stays regular. I have prayed to God that I could take it all away.

How a baby can survive alone for days on end

Found: the boy was down the drain for six days.

ANNA PATTY The baby found abandoned in a Sydney drain may have been alone for up to six days without being fed, leaving many asking how he could have survived.

'We're just trying to keep our child alive': life with FPIES

FPIES is a rare and sometimes fatal condition. (Posed by models)

Anonymous We have a beautiful seven-month-old son, and his allergy rules our life.

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong': the fight for Kaden's diagnosis

Kaden is a water baby, and the water therapy helps his muscles.

Steve Dorfman Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

There's no need to eclipse a babymoon

Babymoons have become a popular way to relax before a newborn arrives.

Josh Noel As long as pregnant women do their research, travelling during pregnancy can be done safely.

Our baby's reflux caused the longest endurance test of our lives

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Athalie Bensemann I'm glad she wasn't my first child, or I would have thought that this was normal.

My son vomited 20 times a day for years

Elaine's son being tested for reflux, aged 3 and a half.

Elaine McAlister It took three months for doctors to learn that my son had reflux. It took another three years to fix it.

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Vaccine ignorance is deadly and contagious

In Nigeria, when mothers refused immunisation for their babies, the number of polio cases there doubled in just a year.

Laurie Garrett And Maxine Builder In the absence of credible, strong political leadership, paranoia about disease can go viral.

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The house that hope built for childhood cancer

Tabitha and Laelani Barker at the Build for a Cure house opening.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Baby Laelani Baker was diagnosed with cancer before she was even born. Her heartbreaking story is just one of the reasons the Build for a Cure project is raising money for vital research into childhood cancer.

Constipation in babies when starting solids

Starting solids can be a fun - but frustrating - time for everyone.

DANIELLE COLLEY While starting solids can be frustrating and messy (yet also fun!), introducing solids can also play havoc on tiny digestive systems.

Knatalye and Adeline born with an everlasting bond

Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith

Kyrie O'Connor Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith are a lot like any other identical twin girls, but there is one dramatic difference: they're joined at the chest and shares several internal organs.

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Baby dies of meningococcal weeks after vaccine application denied

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LETITIA ROWLANDS A six-month-old girl has died from meningococcal disease just weeks after an application for government funding of a vaccine for the most deadly strain of the virus was rejected.

My baby was permanently injured during birth

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Anna Kumar My baby was a few months old when we first heard the term “brachial plexus birth injury” and the heart wrenching news that he may never gain full function of his arm.

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Itching for a solution to eczema

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Gabe McGrath Around 30 per cent of children live with eczema every day. A dad shares his son's story and gets advice from an expert.

Video: 7-week-old baby hears for the first time

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Jen Ng This video of little Lachlan hearing for the first time will be sure to make you smile.

New rotavirus vaccine to cut death rate in babies

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KATE HAGAN A new vaccine is protecting newborns from rotavirus, a dangerous condition which kills about 500,000 children around the world each year.

New smartphone app to check for jaundice

Parents will soon be able to use a smartphone app to tell whether their baby has jaundice.

Letitia Rowlands It is sometimes hard to tell whether a newborn baby has jaundice. Researchers are hoping their new app will make the process easier for parents and doctors.

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What parents should know about paediatric dentistry

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Melanie Hearse There’s more to paediatric dentists than just a few party hats and flat screens playing cartoons or the latest computer game, as one mum learnt.

Leukaemia the latest challenge to Imogen's nine lives

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Hannah McLeod Jackie Evans and Jason Holden's daughter Imogen has overcome multiple problems in her first seven months of life.

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

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

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Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

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It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

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'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Trying to understand why your baby is upset

Working out what’s underlying your baby's fussiness can be a case of trial and error. Here are a few common causes and how you can remedy each one.

When those you love judge your parenting

In today's society, never has it been harder to parent without judgment. But what about when judgment is coming from closer to home?

Don't play the victim blame game with family violence

It's not a woman's job to teach violent men how to behave.

11 truths about having two under two

When I told my mothers’ group that my husband and I had started trying for our second baby they told me I was crazy. Now I can see why.

'How do you say goodbye to someone you've only just started to get to know?'

New mum Sarah Sutton was faced with a shattering scenario no person should have to endure.

It's a ... boy! Couple welcomes son number 13

"It's a boy!" That's the phrase Kateri Schwandt has heard in labour delivery ward for the 13th time in her life.

Six reasons to go for a walk

Can't find time to get to the gym? It could be just as beneficial to put your baby in the stroller and go for a walk.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there’s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it’s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

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