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

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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

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

A tin of formula that a mother claims contained a lizard, possibly from Singapore.

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.

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Italian doctors questioned over formula bribes

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Baby monitor footage posted online

Footage of Australian babies and children sleeping in their bedrooms are among the images on a Russian site showing live feeds from thousands of homes and businesses around the world.

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It's okay to never 'get over' the death of a loved one

The death of children, siblings, and parents has long term impacts on the rest of our lives.

What Mark Latham needs to know about depression and motherhood

In a bizarre bid for relevancy, Former Opposition leader Mark Latham has deduced that because one female journalist had this week light-heartedly thanked antidepressants and caffeine for getting her through a medical degree while raising two small children, that ergo, all 'inner-city feminists' are selfish harridans who despise their offspring.

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

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

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

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Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

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It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

Baby for Asher Keddie and Vincent Fantauzzo

Fans followed every step of her on-screen pregnancy in Offspring, now Asher Keddie is going to be a mum in real life too.

What parents really want for their kids

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

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Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

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Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reactions to their exciting pregnancy news.

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