'How a kiss almost killed my baby'

New mum Claire Henderson has warned parents about the dangers of the herpes simplex virus.

Staff writers A mum whose newborn baby was hospitalised for five days has warned about the dangers of letting people kiss newborn babies.

The REAL vaccine risk


Editorial board Misinformation about vaccines has become a stubborn, recurring feature of US presidential campaigns.

Saying goodbye to baby Myla

Micheline Arbuthnot and baby Myla.

Ashleigh Stewart Doctors initially diagnosed Myla with a cold and hoped for a full recovery. Just weeks later, her family is saying goodbye.

Baby with inoperable brain tumour showered with love


LETITIA ROWLANDS Erika and Stephen Jones' hearts were shattered when a 30 week ultrasound showed their unborn baby had a terminal condition.

Early exposure to peanuts recommended for allergy prevention

Smooth peanut butter is a recommended option.

AAP A paediatricians' group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn one.

The little boy with half a heart but a full life

'He's our little Superman': Charlie now.

Mel Ryall Charlie Ryall wears a special badge on his chest. It is a badge of the brave, and he received it from his battles with a congenital heart defect (CHD).

Boy disabled by meningitis after being sent home from hospital twice

William Burton and his mum Wendy.

Ben Heather William Burton's parents trusted the young doctors who claimed their son's sickness was not serious.

Chiropractors 'sneaking' into maternity wards


LETITIA ROWLANDS Chiropractors caught sneaking into hospital maternity wards to treat newborn babies have sparked calls for a Senate inquiry.

Photographer gifts parents a right to delight

Romy features in a  photographic art book celebrating the joys of parenting disabled children.

RACHEL BROWNE When Sam and Rachel Callander lost their baby girl to a rare chromosomal condition, it proved to be the beginning of a wonderful project which has helped the families of other children with disabilities.

My baby's first seizure

Sean at 14 months, not long after his first seizure.

Tara Jeffery It was 1am on a cold winter's night when I woke suddenly to the screams of my 12-month-old son. Our lives were about to change forever.

Heartbreaking moment mum kisses her one-week-old goodbye

Sarah Mariott kissing her son Seb goodbye.

Staff writers At 11.07am on April 2 this year, Sarah Marriott welcomed baby Sebastian into the world.

What a baby with whooping cough sounds like


LETITIA ROWLANDS It's a heartbreaking video that anyone who has ever considered not vaccinating against whooping cough must see.

'Glowing' eye saves baby Mason's life

Baby Mason Page with mum Sarah Bowers.

Taryn Utiger A simple photo taken in front of an evening fire gave new mother Sarah Bowers the power to save her baby's life. 

Young warrior Owen defies doctors' predictions

Staff writers Little Owen DiCandilo's name means "young warrior", and it's a description that perfectly fits the inspiring 18-month-old

Tongue tie: what you need to know


PINKY MCKAY Tongue and lip tie can lead to many problems for babies - and their parents. Here are the signs of tongue tie and how it's treated.

Wet wipes linked to rise in allergic reactions

Up to one in 10 people are allergic to the ingredient, research has found.

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.

LIVIA GAMBLE Thinking her baby just had an unusually shaped head, a mother was shocked to discover it was instead linked to a dangerous condition.

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

'They're surprised the vein has lasted this long': James Harrison donates blood weekly despite being averse to needles.

Kate Aubusson James Harrison has saved the lives of millions of Australian babies just by donating his blood.

The truth about sick kids and daycare

Sending a sick child to daycare is not the best option.

GREER BERRY If there's one thing that goes hand-in-hand with starting daycare, it's germs, germs, and more germs.

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?


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


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


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


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.


'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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Object of desire

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.


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


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


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.

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Kourtney Kardashian goes nude for art

We've all done some pretty radical things after a big break-up, but Kourtney Kardashian has gone one better.

Video shows babies 'singing' to music in the womb

A new study has shown that babies may actually be able to hear from as early as 16 weeks – 10 weeks earlier than was commonly thought.

Prevent pelvic pain with pre-pregnancy exercise: study

Women who want to stave off aches and pains in pregnancy should exercise regularly before they conceive, experts say.

Dad's hilarious blog about life with twins

A stand-up comedian in the UK has plenty of new material since becoming a dad to twin boys.

Dinosaur products for babies and toddlers

Dinosaurs are one of those classic childhood crazes. We've put together a host of products for dinosaur-mad parents, babies and toddlers.

Restaurant manager sticks up for noisy baby

A mum was left upset by a note from neighbouring diners saying her screaming baby had ruined their dinner.

His name is Cayden: Mum and social media hit back after racist Facebook attack

When a man posted a selfie with a co-worker's son to Facebook, it became a magnet for racist comments.

Join the Real Mums Test Drive Team

Five new mums will join the Essential Baby Test Drive Team and discover great new baby toys from Fisher-Price & write a review to be published on Essential Baby.

The Chinese tradition for new mums that can now cost $37,000 a month

Opulent rest time is becoming the gold standard in postpartum recovery, inspired by a Chinese confinement custom known as "sitting the month".

How the media can shape our decisions when it comes to labour

We all like to think that we make our choices in fair, reasoned and well-thought out ways. Not many of us would admit that we allowed the media to influence us in our life choices.

Mum told to express in pet relief area at airport

A woman who flew from Boston to Washington says staff with United Airlines at Washington's Dulles Airport suggested she pump her breast milk in the pet-relief area.

Heartbreak as mum dies and her baby chokes to death

An Australian woman living in the US collapsed and died while feeding her baby, who then choked to death on his food. 

The hidden mental health illness of anxiety

Anxiety took over Robyn Read's life to such an extent she could not even buy the groceries and felt suicidal.

Two children fall from second storey window

Two young boys have been rushed to hospital after falling out a second-storey window of a home in Eastwood.

Mum gives birth to India's heaviest baby

An Indian woman has given birth to a baby boy weighing a whopping 5.97kg, setting a new record for the country's heaviest baby.

Grandma surprised with brand new granddaughter

Finding out you’re going to be a grandmother can be a very emotional moment. Finding out that you’re a grandmother and the baby is already here is just out of this world.

Saltwater Sandals for babies and toddlers

Many mamas are wearing Saltwater Sandals - why not buy them for your babies and toddlers too?

How to spring clean your body and mind

Whether you're pregnant, already a mum, or are just trying to be a bit more healthy, there are ways to use the rejuvenating season to give yourself a boost.

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