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.

Parents defend eczema expert

unknown His approach to treatment is shunned by Britain's doctors, yet he gets results, mums of his young patients say.

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.

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.

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Why I won't be posting pictures of my baby on Facebook

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Here are a few popular methods hopeful parents-to-be use to try to get a baby of their preferred gender – and what an expert says about whether they really work.

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It's officially time to get into the Christmas spirit. Why not branch out when you put up your tree this year and add a personal touch with a few DIY decorations? We've found the perfect easy-to-make ways to put more festive fever into your home.

The dangerous new trend of glucose challenge test refusal

A dangerous trend is seeing more mothers-to-be declining a relatively simple and painless test to check for gestational diabetes.

Office of Fair Trading reveals naughty toys ahead of Christmas

The Office of Fair Trading has pulled seven toys from shelves ahead of Christmas after they fail safety tests.

Video: Baby boy's trouble with twins

These twin girls will no doubt have fun fooling people in years to come, but nobody will be as confused as baby Landon.

Long-term reversible male contraceptive on its way

Men could soon have access to an injectable long-term contraceptive which works in a similar way to a vasectomy but promises to be easily reversed.

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After bathing and dressing her three-month-old son, Amanda had a rare moment alone with her baby.

Attack of the 'mummy brain'

I feel that almost every day, someone in my life - be they a friend, family member or complete stranger - feels the need to excuse my behaviour as I have other things on my mind.

Mum of baby who fell ill after drinking raw milk speaks out

A Melbourne mother has described how her son turned grey when he became seriously ill after drinking raw milk.

Australian divorce rate lowest since 1976

Modern newlyweds are now well into their 30s and marriage still offers something powerful a new book argues.

The aftermath of a traumatic birth experience

In Australia, 30 per cent of women find their birth experience traumatic, with 6 per cent going on to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Young mum burns 'from inside-out'

A young mum is in intensive care after she took a friend's antibiotic and wound up with an ailment that is burning her body 'from the inside-out'.

The disagreement that can break a relationship

If he doesn't change his mind, all I can hope is that I will. It would be a waste to spend the rest of my marriage mourning a baby that never was.

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