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

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Chad Hayes 9:52pm 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

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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.

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

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Longer breastfeeding linked to higher IQ

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For certain members of the community, catching flu can lead to severe illness or death. A vaccination can be lifesaving.

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Hospital apologises for 'traumatising' baby mix-up

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Toddler gets 'drunk' after cranberry juice mix-up

A toddler was taken to hospital after a waitress served her sangria instead of cranberry juice at a US restaurant.

We need to stop using this word when we talk about childbirth

Is it shaming to point out that women are often being let down in birth?

The certificate helping parents deal with pregnancy loss

For some people, this certificate will offer a sense of validation that their child was acknowledged as being here and now gone, and will help them with life post-loss.

Grieving families give warnings after toddler deaths

Two Queensland families are grieving the loss of their toddler sons after the boys drowned in separate incidents last week.

The phenomenon of phantom pregnancy kicks

'Phantom pregnancy kicks’ are encountered by many mums months - or even years - after their pregnancy is over.

The health insurance advice you can't afford to ignore

There's one simple switch that could save you hundreds of dollars a year in private health insurance.

4D scans show how smoking affects babies still in the womb

The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy on unborn babies may be seen in tiny movements in their faces using 4D ultrasound scans, research has found.

How to babyproof your job interview

Once upon a time, I was a fan of job interviews. That all changed after I'd switched careers, had a baby and decided to spend the first year at home with her.

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The most dangerous toddler food trends

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Infection killed new mum of twins

Modern medicine could not save 19-year-old Sophie Burgess who died 48 hours after giving birth to twins in the UK.

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