Kathy Sundstrom Sarah Smith has received the best Christmas present she could have hoped for when she got to cuddle her son Finn, who was diagnosed with bacterial meningococcal last month.
Sandra Sharpham When he was born, Saxon Evans had an extra toe and a skin tag. Little did his family know there was a much more troubling diagnosis in his future.
Melanie Mahoney Doctors made a shocking discovery when they found a dandelion growing inside 16-month-old’s ear canal.
An Israeli mum is being fined AU$156 a day (NIS 500) for refusing to circumcise her son.
LETITIA ROWLANDS A video of a dad performing wrestling moves on his baby boy has gone viral just hours after being posted online, with most people agreeing the video is harmless fun but some labelling it as child abuse.
Kathy Sundstrom Finn Smith is fighting for his life after being diagnosed with bacterial meningococcal, the disease moving so quickly through his body that one hour made the difference between life and death.
AMY CORDEROY A controversial group that claims vaccines cause autism and cancer will be forced to change its name after a tribunal found it was likely to mislead parents into thinking it provides fair and balanced information.
MELANIE MAHONEY "This video sums up my son's first year. He was born way too early, and the obstacles he had to overcome were really big."
Krissy Bradfield Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) affects one in every 600 girls, and one in every 3000 boys. Here, parents share their stories of diagnosis and coping with having 'hip babies'.
Jason Gutierrez Emily Sagalis cried tears of joy after giving birth to a "miracle" girl in a typhoon-ravaged Philippine city, then named the baby after her mother who went missing in the storm.
KIM STEPHENS Sonny Davis, the tiny boy whose inspiring battle for life earned him the label "hero baby", has passed away at just 18 days old.
Experts are worried that full-body swaddling may lead to hip damage.
DAVID ELLERY A Canberra paediatrician describes her life working with babies and children, and remembers some of her more dramatic cases.
KIM STEPHENS Dubbed a "hero baby" by doctors for repeatedly fighting for life in the most trying circumstances, 10-day-old cancer sufferer Sonny Davis is still defying the odds.
MARISSA CALLIGEROS The state's chief doctor has taken an extraordinary step as Queensland authorities battle a measles outbreak.
Lucy Marks Health experts say there's no room for debate on the value of immunisation, despite protestations from the AVN.
ALEISHA ORR Staff who tried to revive a baby found dead in a car outside a Perth daycare centre have been offered counselling as police continue to investigate how the child died.
AMBER ROBINSON We tumble through our busy lives without pause, from breakfast-dropoff-work to pickup-dinner-bath-bed, using schedules and routines to keep ourselves on track. But what happens when those routines become unstuck?
Julia Medew, Amy Corderoy A baby's neck has been broken by a chiropractor, leading doctors to recommend the profession should stop treating children.
Maria Tedeschi Anne Geddes is working with Meningococcal Australia to produce a photo book of survivors of the disease. Maria Tedeschi speaks to one of its stars.
Maria Tedeschi and staff writers It’s not common, but children and adolescents are most at risk from meningococcal disease. Learn the symptoms and how it's diagnosed and treated.
Jill U Adams A growing body of research shows what many parents know instinctively: music is an effective way to distract young children from painful medical procedures.
Megan Mackander Baby Zahlia was once a perfectly healthy little girl, until a shock diagnosis of a rare syndrome started to suck the spirit from this little battler.
A five-month-old baby has died at a Spanish airport after being placed on a luggage belt that started moving without its parents noticing.
COSIMA MARRINER Baby formula tins would carry warnings of formula feeding risks, under proposed changes.
Victorian Health Minister David Davis says the worst is over after more than a dozen babies in a hospital nursery came down with a mysterious infection.
MELANIE MAHONEY A baby has had a testicle ripped off and eaten by a wild monkey at a Chinese wildlife park.
New Australian research has discovered the most effective way to protect infants against influenza.
Michelle Duff A mum has called for greater support for parents of tube-fed children, while experts agree there needs to be a better program to help tube-wean.
NATALIE BOCHENSKI Police are investigating whether a Facebook user requesting Brisbane mothers send them photos of their babies is an online predator.
Marissa Calligeros and Jessica Wright A man from Victoria has sparked measles alerts across two states after taking a trip while the illness was in the infectious period.
Mashable Researchers believe a baby's cry could be a "window into the brain" of babies, unveiling developmental disorders or neurological issues before other tests can find them.
EWA KRETOWICZ Without surgery, newborn Reinaldy De Jesus Andrade would have starved to death. But Canberran doctors and a charity group came to the rescue.
AAP and staff writers Parents in New Zealand are being urged to stop using Karicare formula products following contamination by a toxic bacterium.
JULIA MEDEW Overwhelmed Victorian hospitals are closing their doors to critically ill infants, putting pregnant women and their newborns at risk of being transferred interstate this week.
AMBER ROBINSON A new review of delayed cord clamping trials has found that the practice can be of important beneft to newborn babies.
Michael Hopkin Babies conceived in late spring are more likely to be born prematurely than those conceived at other times of the year, US scientists have found.
Manuel Ferreira In Australia and New Zealand, about 30 per cent of children have an allergy of some type. New research has uncovered how these allergies are passed on through the generations.
Kathryn Doyle A new review of previous research has found that children who take antibiotics in their first year of life are about 40 per cent more likely to develop eczema than other children.
Kristine Macartney, Melina Georgousakis Changes to the national immunisation schedule coming into effect today will see two fewer injections given to young children, with the use of new combination vaccines.
The most recent schedule for the Australian National Immunisation Program, updated on July 1, 2013.
Lenice Laverty Born nine weeks early, Dexter has been a fighter from the start. Now, after a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, vision problems, and a battle against cancer, he needs your help.
Staff writers with AAP A newborn baby boy has been rescued from a sewerage pipe in a Chinese apartment building after being flushed down a toilet.
Jemima Lewis We still don’t know why some babies suddenly die, and that makes it even harder to bear.
Donna Webeck Kelly, a mother of two, is adamant that she would refuse any invitation for her children to play with an unimmunised child, even at the risk of ruining a relationship.
Jonathan Swan Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has been campaigning to improve his image among women, so why was a mother's request denied?
MELISSA DAVEY It was surprise enough for Arlene Gorey when, just seven weeks pregnant, she found out she was having twins. But it was an even bigger shock when they entered the world at just 27 weeks gestation.
Melody McCabe and Melanie Mahoney It's estimated that about one in every 1000 babies is born with a cleft lip, and one in every 2500 babies with a cleft palate. One mum shares her story.
Amy Corderoy and Melanie Mahoney It's almost unbelievable: when it comes to immunisation, health authorities are warning about prestigious postcodes such as Vaucluse and Mosman in the same breath as remote and disadvantaged communities.
Kate Hagan Children deficient in vitamin D at age one are more likely to have food allergies, Melbourne researchers have found - but only if their parents are born in Australia.