How the 'germ police' are making life harder for parents

Woolworths' free fruit scheme has been blasted by some critics.

LETITIA ROWLANDS The fact is that children can not live in a bacteria-free bubble - and nor should we want them to.

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Food allergies linked to hyperactive immune system at birth

Melinda hopper and her twin children, who have been involved in an allergy research program.

Bridie Smith Science Editor Babies born with hyperactive immune cells are more likely to develop food allergies by the time they turn one, researchers have found.

Don’t stress about the shortage: here's why toddlers don’t need formula

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Karleen Gribble and Nina J. Berry the greater question of why so many Australian parents are buying toddler formula at all has been largely ignored.

Meet the toddler on the paleo diet

Grace Cooper is fed a paleo diet by her mother Shan.

Staff writers Most babies celebrate their first birthday with fistfuls - and facefuls - of a chocolate or jam-and-icing-filled cake.

Former Hi-5 member hopes cannabis drug will save his daughter

Tim Harding with wife Natasha and daughter Arielle.

CATHERINE RODIE Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

Toddler's brain 'happy and healthy' after skull rebuilt

Bec Gorman with Cruz who has had a major skull reconstruction for a rare condition called craniosynostosis.

Lisa Wachsmuth Bec and John Gorman knew the shape of their baby boy's head was abnormal, but doctors kept brushing their concerns aside.

How playing with a hose led to a baby's death

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Jodi Keough thought she was doing the right thing - giving all three of her children a hose to play with as they cooled down while playing in the heat at the family's farming property in north-west Queensland.

Alternative (and safe) ways to soothe eczema

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MEGAN BLANDFORD If your little one is in discomfort, it's worth trying a few things – one at a time – to see what helps.

Morbidly obese toddler diagnosed with 'adult diabetes'

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AAP A three-year-old who tipped the scales at 35 kilograms has become one of the youngest people ever diagnosed with a lifestyle-related form of diabetes that strikes adults.

'Look what it did to our daughter': parents' meningococcal B plea

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Sarah and Aaron Parkyn have a message for anyone who doubts the importance of the meningococcal B vaccine.

Sugary drinks blamed for removal of toddlers' rotten teeth

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Matt Stewart Children as young as 18 months are having multiple rotten teeth pulled out as parents feed toddlers soft drinks through sipper bottles, and chocolate biscuits and Milo as bedtime treats.

Toddler poisoned by hand sanitiser

A three-year-old was taken to Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital after she consumed alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

JULIA MEDEW Doctors are warning people to be careful with alcohol-based hand sanitisers after a three-year-old suffered severe alcohol poisoning.

Mum's photo saves toddler's life

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Staff writers All parents cherish photos of their children, but one mother has more reason than most to be glad she took a snapshot of her young son.

Is a toddler's BMI an indication of obesity?

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Megan Blandford Forget the healthy images of chubby babies and toddlers; lots of parents are being told their young children are overweight.

'We're not doing this to be trendy': life with a child with allergies

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Karen Prisco Please don't look badly on my child if they cry when I tell them they can't eat the birthday cake. Don't look at me condescendingly and say, "A little bit won't hurt".

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More Australian kids are surviving cancer

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Childhood cancer survival has increased in Australia by 6 per cent over recent decades, despite an unexplained rise in incidence rates among the very young.

Rosannah 'just like any other toddler' - except for one big difference

Rosannah Gundry was diagnosed with cancer in December 2014.

Orlander Ruming Behind her big smile, 18-month-old Rosannah is dealing with a tumour that reaches from her lower abdomen all the way to her heart.

The most dangerous toddler food trends

All greens and no fats can actually be detrimental to your child's health.

KASEY EDWARDS Pete Evans' paleo cookbook for kids caused a storm, but there are plenty of other unsafe food trends for babies and toddlers.

The low-down on worms and how to get rid of them

Threadworm infection is common but carriers may not have any symptoms.

Vincent Ho Threadworm is the most common intestinal worm in Australia. But don't worry: they're relatively harmless and easily treated.

How to get little kids to eat healthy food

Forcing children to eat vegetables doesn't work – you might win the battle but will lose the war.

Natalie Parletta Even the most well-meaning parents can struggle to get toddlers and children to eat healthy food - especially vegetables.

Successful peanut allergy trial brings hope of cure

Lifesaving research: At the end of the trial 80 per cent of the children could eat peanuts without any reaction.

Kate Hagan, Health Reporter More than 80 per cent of children with peanut allergies were able to tolerate peanuts after a new treatment by Melbourne researchers.

Disneyland the perfect place for a measles outbreak

Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin II The measles outbreak happened at a vulnerable place and at a bad moment.

Toddler finds solace with polio victims as mystery over illness continues

Lucian, 3, now has a paralysed leg and uses a walking aid to get around.

Sonja Elmquist Erin Oliviera watched her son lose the ability to move, breathe and swallow two years ago without anyone being able to figure out why.

Thousands pay tribute to drowned toddler Sam Trott

The body of two-year-old Sam Trott was found in a lake on Wednesday.

ALEISHA ORR The public response to the tragic death of two-year-old Sam Trott, whose body was found in a lake near his house, has been massive.

Toddler dies, other children seriously ill after drinking raw milk

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MARISSA CALLIGEROS Victoria's health department has issued a warning about drinking raw milk after several children became seriously ill.

Big future for a little legend: Floyd-Henry's story

Floyd-Henry is a water baby and loves heading to the beach, his mum says.

LETITIA ROWLANDS When Floyd-Henry Morley was five months old his proud parents posted a video about him online. It shared the news their son had been diagnosed with achondroplasia.

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What you need to know about involuntary breath holding attacks

It's thought that IBHA occurs in as many as one in every 20 Australian children.

CATHERINE RODIE Around 1 in every 20 Australian children suffer from involuntary breath holding attacks (IBHA) or involuntary breath holding spells (IBHS).

A trace of sesame could kill my son

Helen Richardson Helen Richardson son's had two anaphylactic reactions in a month. It's traumatic for everyone.

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The little girl who always smiles: life with Tay Sachs disease

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Paul Purcell Ellie Topliff turns two in February. It will probably be her last birthday.

Warning about Children's Panadol dosage

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LETITIA ROWLANDS The Therapeutic Goods Administration has issued a safety advisory warning parents about confusion when using the dosing syringe supplied with Children's Panadol.

Meningococcal kills Queensland toddler

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Public health authorities say the death of a toddler in north Queensland from meningococcal disease highlights the danger the illness poses.

Mysterious polio-like virus hitting young children across the US

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Shannon Pettypiece Amid fears of the Ebola virus, a more enigmatic virus is suspected of causing paralysis in dozens of children in the US.

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Sick children sent "fake" medical cannabis

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JOSH GORDON Parents desperate to help their severely ill children might unknowingly be giving them nothing but methylated spirits, alcohol and water.

Toddler Alliyah one step closer to first trip home

Alliyah Broadby is heading home to the Gold Coast after 14 months in a Brisbane hospital.

KRISTIAN SILVA She has lived the first 14 months of her life in a hospital intensive care unit, but Alliyah Broadby's parents hope to finally take their little girl home with them.

At first sight: how doctors helped a blind toddler

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Tom Avril When Jon Paul was adopted from China as a baby, his new parents didn't know just how bad his eyesight really was - or how much surgery was to follow.

Snack attack: choosing good foods for your child's dental health

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Australian Dental Association There are some simple dietary changes you can make to stop decay in its tracks - and it’s never too late to start.

Facebook mums' group helps save toddler's life

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CATHERINE RODIE When a doctor told Kerry Grycuk that her toddler was suffering a middle ear infection, she turned to a Facebook group for advice. It may have saved her daughter's life.

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Toddler causes a stink on plane

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Letitia Rowlands Passengers were outraged when a family encouraged their child to use his plane seat as a toilet on an international flight recently.

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Fighting tooth decay in babies and toddlers

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Jen Ng We all know that tooth decay is no fun, but did you know that it affects 50 per cent of children under the age of six in Australia? Here's how to fight decay.

Two-year-old dies of meningococcal disease

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A two-year-old has died of meningococcal disease in a Newcastle hospital as the peak season for the illness gets underway.

The toddler who can't chew

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Chris Owen As a consequence of falling seriously ill last year, Giuliana De Petro never developed the ability to chew. And the 21-month-old now needs help.

Flu vaccine effective in toddlers under two, study finds

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Flu vaccination in young children has been a contentious issue, but new research shows the vaccine is beneficial for toddlers.

Video: 14-month-old Chloe hears for the first time

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Melanie Mahoney Chloe Ring was diagnosed as deaf and blind within the first four months of her life. Ten months later, she heard her first words.

Coles Easter eggs recalled due to presence of tree nuts

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Letitia Rowlands An allergic reaction has lead to the urgent recall of a variety of Coles brand Easter eggs.

70 struck down with norovirus after playground party

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Michelle Duff At least 70 people fell badly ill after a "faecal incident" on a slide at an indoor playground sparked a norovirus outbreak.

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Vaccination push to fight ongoing measles outbreak

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Melanie Mahoney NSW Health has warned of a measles outbreak, urging members of the public to check that they and their children are fully immunised against the illness.

Why autism is more common in boys than girls: new research

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Reema Rattan One of the greatest mysteries in child development is why so many more males are diagnosed with developmental disorders, including ASD, compared to females - but new research offers some clues.

YouTube toddler star Maddie Tippett dies aged 3

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Rachael Jones Maddie Tippett was just one year old when she became a YouTube star, garnering more than 9 million clicks for her quirky battle of wits with her father, Mick.

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Parents plead for medical marijuana to be legalised

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LETITIA ROWLANDS She is blind, partially deaf, has cerebral palsy and can suffer up to 60 epileptic seizures a day. There is just one treatment giving 23-month-old Larisa Rule relief at the moment, and it happens to be illegal.

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Mum's vow: 'I'm not losing her too'

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Kathy Sundstrom Kerry Blake has already lost one of her twins, so is determined to fight to make sure she doesn't lose the other.

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Wondersuit heaven: Bonds & Disney launch exclusive collection

Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.

Perth hospital mistakes cancerous tumour for "behavioural issues"

When Naomi Holly, a mother of three, noticed her eight-month-old daughter Nora, was having difficulty crawling and standing up as normal, she knew there was something wrong.

Piano playing dad soothes son to sleep in moments

There's nothing more frustrating, or distressing to a parent than a sick child who can't  - or won't got to sleep. 

Lucky escape for mum and bub after snake found in couch

Perth mother Laurie Rushton Dyble was sitting on a recliner chair in her home holding her six-month-old son when her husband suddenly told her to get up and leave the room.

When your partner misses the birth

While no one wants their partner to miss their baby’s birth, it can happen. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in that situation.

Motherhood challenge: smug or just a bit of fun?

The #motherhoodchallenge sounds harmless, doesn't it? Some women disagree.

Who's the mum? Family photo goes viral

Last year, it was "The Dress". This year, it is a family photo that is breaking the internet.

5 easy meditation practices for beginners

So who's with me? You know meditating is one of the best things you can possibly do for yourself.

Woman to go on trial for being a bad housewife

An Italian woman could face up to six years in jail after her husband accused her of not doing enough cooking and cleaning at home.

Is the latest advice on women and drinking over the top?

While most expectant mums know to stop drinking when they’re pregnant, experts now warn women should stop drinking earlier than that. Is this necessary?

How household chores can double as a workout

If there's less than a slim chance you'll find time to get out for a jog or to hit the gym today, take heart in knowing that household chores contribute to the calorie equation.

I have no idea what I'm doing - and that's okay

Why don't we talk about the fact that when everything goes right, we may still feel completely lost, and certain that we have failed?

Dad warns of hair tourniquet danger after baby almost loses toe

A shocked father has shared his family's experience in a bid to warn other parents about the dangers of hair becoming entangled around a baby's toe.

Town welcomes first baby in 28 years

Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.

How to start teaching your kids road safety

It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.

Just announced: Bugaboo Cameleon³ Classic+ Collection update

Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.

The emotional moment a mum hears her late son's heartbeat

It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.

Nine reasons why you have 'brain fog'

One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.

I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.

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