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.

What autism looks like in toddlers: VIDEO

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AMBER ROBINSON The average age of ASD diagnosis is 4 years of age, despite the fact that about half of children with this disorder may be detected by age 14 months.

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Pool shade sails 'may only provide partial protection' for children

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DEBORAH GOUGH Shades over toddler pools provide only partial sun protection, and children may be exposed to more UV radiation than the parents watching them, a new study has found.

Is your toddler's body clock making bedtime a battle?

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Encouraging your child to go to sleep can be harder than it sounds - and now there's evidence your toddler's body clock might be working against you.

Safety scare over Children's Panadol

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AMY CORDEROY Parents who have used a faulty Children's Panadol dosing device have been urged to take their children to hospital immediately because they are at risk of serious liver damage.

Dad and daughter's double diabetes diagnosis

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Kieran Banks Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 10, Gareth Collins hoped his children wouldn't be touched by the disease. But then his daughter returned a worrying test result.

Madeleine McCann: police may be about to release photo of suspect

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A new computer generated image of a possible suspect connected to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann will be released by British police, a news report says.

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One last Christmas for Kate

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Kietley Isrin In what would be her final hours, three-year-old Kate Tarpey celebrated her favourite time of the year with close friends and family.

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Successful surgery for mordibly obese toddler

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MELANIE MAHONEY A toddler from Saudi Arabia has become the youngest person in the world to undergo bariatric surgery, after reaching 33kg at age two.

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More Ekka E. coli cases reported

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MARISSA CALLIGEROS Nearly 50 Queenslanders have contracted E. coli in an outbreak linked to the Ekka’s petting zoo.

Measles outbreak fear in Melbourne

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JULIA MEDEW Health authorities are fearing a measles outbreak in Victoria after nine cases of the potentially fatal virus were diagnosed in Melbourne over the past three weeks.

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Lucky escape for snake bite toddler

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Breanna Chillingworth A NSW toddler was playing in his backyard with his mum when he was bitten by a snake, sparking an emergency trip to save his life.

Toddler best man dies after parent's wedding

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A cancer-stricken two-year-old boy has died days after serving as a tiny best man at his parents' wedding.

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Healthy changes make healthy kids

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Melody McCabe Your child's eating habits are influenced from a very early stage, but it’s never too late (or too early!) to make healthy changes to your family's life.

Constipation in toddlers

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Dr Robyn Shaw and staff writers Constipation is a very common problem in toddlers and young children. Here are the symptoms, some common causes, and how to treat it.

Trusting your instincts

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Jo Hartley How maternal instinct can be a valuable tool for mums when they know something just isn't right with their child.

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Annie's cancer battle brings community together

Dunlop truck driver Peter Oliver has helped raise $60,000 for Annalee McGuigan, 2.

MEGAN DOHERTY Canberran toddler Annalee (Annie) McGuigan has a brain tumour that is said to be a three-in-a-million cancer - and the community is supporting her ever step of the way.

One dad's special gift for his daughter

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Megan Mackander Born with polycystic kidney disease, Heidi has had both her kidneys removed at just 18 months. Her dad is now giving the ultimate gift to help her grow up into a healthy child, donating his own kidney.

Riding for Conor and childhood cancer

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Peter Foley Conor McAuliffe was a happy, gorgeous boy who made everyone smile, but at age three, cancer took his life. His parents are now doing what they can to help other families like them.

Common playground illness has a lethal side

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MELISSA DAVEY Nathanael Cachia contracted hand, foot and mouth disease at 16 months. But when his right leg became paralysed, it was discovered he had a more severe enterovirus: EV71.

Omega-3s and your family

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CHOICE and staff writers A healthy diet for your child includes long-chain omega-3s. Learn more about this fatty acid and how to make sure your child gets enough of it.

Iron and your toddler

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Children are at a high risk of iron deficiency. Learn about iron deficiency, recommended daily amounts, and the best sources of iron for your family.

Anger as toddler loses finger in pram hinge

Gloria Barton and son is Cael (21 months). Cael got his finger tip amputated in a maclaren stroller last weekend. 22nd march 2013 Photo Dallas Kilponen

COSIMA MARRINER Until last weekend Cael Barton was Gloria Barton's ''perfect little boy''. Now the 21-month-old is missing a finger tip after it was amputated in the folding hinge of his Maclaren stroller.

Harvey the Courageous Lion: a story of childhood cancer

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Cassie Lovering Childhood cancer: two words that should never go together. Unfortunately they do, and it’s the reality of 600 new families in Australia every year. One mum shares her story.

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Supermarket snacks not best choice for kids

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Livia Gamble Parents are unknowingly purchasing foods with reduced nutritional value for their families, a new review has found.

The most common toddler injuries – and how to avoid them

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MELISSA DAVEY THE main reasons babies and toddlers are being injured and hospitalised in NSW have been identified for the first time by Sydney researchers, who say their findings have important implications for the development of injury prevention campaigns aimed at parents.

Feature member story: Ella's leukaemia journey

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Nic Salinas Kerryn was starting to recover from her husband's death when her toddler got a sore leg. Although innocent-seeming at first, it proved to be a sign of something much more sinister ...

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Parrots smarter than two-year-olds

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Who's a brainy boy then? It seems that African grey parrots can not only learn to talk, but also outperform human two-year-olds in a test of intelligent reasoning.

Little gifts

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As told to Nina Karnikowski When Tracy Kleef discovered her son Nathan had a potentially fatal illness, she was in despair. Now she offers thanks to a silent army.

Stopping the dinner dramas

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Nara Schoenberg Children can be adventurous eaters - it's just all in how you approach the subject, research shows.

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Baby goat acts like toddler on a sugar high: VIDEO

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Staff writers What this video of adorable baby goat Buttermilk acting uncannily like to a toddler after chocolate cake.

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Heavy burden

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Chrissie Swan Accepting that your child needs to go on a diet is painful, as Chrissie Swan shares.

The world of fussy eaters

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Amity Dry With a former 'garbage guts' now turning up her nose at everything she's offered, Amity Dry is worried her second child is following in the fussy-eating footsteps of her eldest child. What's a mum to do to when her kids just won't eat what they're given?

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Mums had the chance to meet the EB team and other EB fans at a special morning tea.

Amber Robinson Essential Baby's latest morning tea gave the EB team and the mums who make up our community a chance to meet in real life - and get to learn about pain relief for little ones, too.

What one 'ASD mum' wants you to know

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Kristen is mum to six-year-old Juliet, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at age three. She lives in Sydney and blogs about life with her daughter. Here, on World Autism Awareness Day, she shares her story.

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Recall: Another cot deemed unsafe

Parents are being warned to check their baby's cot is not one of those which have been recalled in recent weeks due to safety concerns.

The truth about breastfeeding and weightloss

Celebrities often state that their post-baby weight loss is down to breastfeeding, and breastfeeding alone. But that's not the reality for all women.

10 weird things little kids do

Most kids have their own personal brand of oddity. It's usually nothing to worry about, but every now and again you might find yourself scratching your head and asking, “Really? Is that really a thing?”

The app that helps detect signs of autism

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Long battle to learn the truth about Ariana's birth

Cerise and Tim Lawn spent two years fighting to find out how a healthy pregnancy turned into a nightmare birth, and why their daughter now suffers from disabilities she shouldn't have.

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Christina Aguilera and her fiance, Matt Rutler, have welcomed their daughter into the world.

Couple caught in surrogacy crackdown

An Australian couple caught up in Thailand's surrogacy crackdown have said many parents are distraught and facing dire financial difficulties as are they are unable to bring their surrogate-born babies home.

'Tired' mum dies of undiagnosed diabetes

New mum Nicky Rigby thought her exhaustion was due to the demands of looking after her baby. But the 26-year-old was seriously ill with diabetes, and died due to her condition not being diagnosed.

5 co-sleeping myths busted

In case you are co-sleeping with your baby, and all the ‘helpful’ advice from others is sending you down the slippery slope of self-doubt, let’s bust a few myths on the topic.

When pregnancy takes you down memory lane

One mum-to-be discovers pregnancy hormones can give rise to some surprising emotions.

What’s your love language?

The secret to making your partner feel special is to know which language of love they favour – and it’s the same for your kids, too.

Returning to exercise after a caesarean

I had my daughter four months ago via caesarean, and I want to get back into exercise. What are some good first steps I can take?

20 signs of a great relationship

The secret to a perfect relationship is admitting you are wrong after an argument, five kisses a day and sex twice a week, a new survey suggests.

Video: emotional 60-second Robin Williams tribute

Take a minute to remember some of the greatest films of your childhood ... and have a few tissues close at hand.

The realities of escaping domestic violence

“Why doesn’t she just leave?” is the common question people ask when trying to understand domestic violence. For many, leaving the relationship is far from straightforward.

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Ezra's tragic death not in vain, mum says

Little Ezra was a "Harry Houdini" who loved trying to escape the family home. Now, after his tragic death, his parents are doing what they can to help others.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend – me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum – I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

Video: When adults act like children

Ever wondered what would happen if adults were allowed to act like children? This dad's hilarious video clip will give you an idea of what life would be like.

Mums hit hardest as flu cases skyrocket

The number of confirmed cases of influenza in Australia has doubled the number for the same time last year - and women are 25 per cent more likely to get it.

The mum who had four babies in nine months

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