LETITIA ROWLANDS The fact is that children can not live in a bacteria-free bubble - and nor should we want them to.
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.
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.
Staff writers Most babies celebrate their first birthday with fistfuls - and facefuls - of a chocolate or jam-and-icing-filled cake.
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.
Lisa Wachsmuth Bec and John Gorman knew the shape of their baby boy's head was abnormal, but doctors kept brushing their concerns aside.
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.
MEGAN BLANDFORD If your little one is in discomfort, it's worth trying a few things – one at a time – to see what helps.
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.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Sarah and Aaron Parkyn have a message for anyone who doubts the importance of the meningococcal B vaccine.
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.
JULIA MEDEW Doctors are warning people to be careful with alcohol-based hand sanitisers after a three-year-old suffered severe alcohol poisoning.
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.
Megan Blandford Forget the healthy images of chubby babies and toddlers; lots of parents are being told their young children are overweight.
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".
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.
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.
KASEY EDWARDS Pete Evans' paleo cookbook for kids caused a storm, but there are plenty of other unsafe food trends for babies and toddlers.
Vincent Ho Threadworm is the most common intestinal worm in Australia. But don't worry: they're relatively harmless and easily treated.
Natalie Parletta Even the most well-meaning parents can struggle to get toddlers and children to eat healthy food - especially vegetables.
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.
Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin II The measles outbreak happened at a vulnerable place and at a bad moment.
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.
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.
MARISSA CALLIGEROS Victoria's health department has issued a warning about drinking raw milk after several children became seriously ill.
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.
CATHERINE RODIE Around 1 in every 20 Australian children suffer from involuntary breath holding attacks (IBHA) or involuntary breath holding spells (IBHS).
Helen Richardson Helen Richardson son's had two anaphylactic reactions in a month. It's traumatic for everyone.
Paul Purcell Ellie Topliff turns two in February. It will probably be her last birthday.
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.
Public health authorities say the death of a toddler in north Queensland from meningococcal disease highlights the danger the illness poses.
Shannon Pettypiece Amid fears of the Ebola virus, a more enigmatic virus is suspected of causing paralysis in dozens of children in the US.
JOSH GORDON Parents desperate to help their severely ill children might unknowingly be giving them nothing but methylated spirits, alcohol and water.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Letitia Rowlands Passengers were outraged when a family encouraged their child to use his plane seat as a toilet on an international flight recently.
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.
A two-year-old has died of meningococcal disease in a Newcastle hospital as the peak season for the illness gets underway.
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.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Flu vaccination in young children has been a contentious issue, but new research shows the vaccine is beneficial for toddlers.
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.
Letitia Rowlands An allergic reaction has lead to the urgent recall of a variety of Coles brand Easter eggs.
Michelle Duff At least 70 people fell badly ill after a "faecal incident" on a slide at an indoor playground sparked a norovirus outbreak.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Compare your baby's length and weight for age against the World Health Organization's standard growth charts for children aged 0-3 years.