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

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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The words I hated hearing as new mum

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To the pharmacist who sold me baby formula

On the rare occasion I catch sight of you at school, or around town, I think back to our earliest exchange. I’m sure you have no recollection of it at all.

Babies may benefit from autism therapy

Children showing signs of autism don't usually receive early intervention until well into toddlerhood or later, but a new study suggests infants with symptoms of the developmental disorder might benefit from therapy from as early as six months.

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Baby dies of meningococcal weeks after vaccine application denied

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.

Finding the right balance when playing with your kids

Being too involved in our children’s play and not allowing our kids enough free time for unstructured activities can mean our kids miss out on the value that play offers.

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