Some swear by them, others dismiss them as a waste of money. We put supplements to the test.
Brooke Donatone The consequences of being raised under the watchful eye of a helicopter parent are far more serious than we originally thought.
JULIE POWER A $2.9 billion Medicare dental program for children's teeth will start as planned on January 1, but the eligibility of low income families to claim free treatment for their children remains uncertain.
Belgian lawmakers will vote on whether to support a proposed new bill to give extremely sick children the right to euthanasia, a move certain to fan the divisive debate on the practice worldwide.
KATIE CARLIN A controversial artwork that features victimised children crucified to the backs of their adult oppressors has caused equal parts outrage and awe among online viewers.
Mex Cooper Road safety and child abuse are concerns that keep us up at night, according to new research revealing what Australians worry about.
Amy Corderoy observes how a crack paediatric surgical team goes about its work.
Sarah Biggs A regular routine – going to bed the same time every night and waking the same time every morning – is just as important to a child’s daytime functioning as amount of sleep.
Donna Webeck Alex was 11 when his world changed forever; little Abbie was just five.
Details of dozens of would-be Australian sex predators have been provided to Interpol by a Dutch children's rights group, which offered online sex with a computer-generated image of a virtual 10-year-old Filipina girl named Sweetie.
Eliza Elliot This mother tried everything to help her nine-year-old daughter stop bedwetting but the long journey finally paid off when she discovered an unlikely cure.
Jenna Price We need to alter the culture and teach our kids - our daughters and our sons - about consent.
Catherine Armitage What do you do when you discover a childcare worker accused of child molestation has been showing your six-year-old pornographic images? That he's been talking about you in smutty, derogatory terms and driving your son in a car to excursions without your permission?
Jennifer Burn According to Human Rights Watch, 14 million girls are forced into marriages, worldwide, each year - with some as young as eight or nine - and Australia is not immune to the practise.
Ewa Kretowicz Children are more likely to be hospitalised for eating liquid laundry pods than quad bike accidents, according to the latest statistics from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Rachel Daly Rachel Daly was only young when her brother died, but she knew she had not been told the whole story.
Susie Burrell Running on empty? These tips will help you refuel the tank and keep it full.
Stephen Ryan At the age of seven, the boy weighed almost 50 kilograms and had a body mass index roughly double what it should have been.
Caitlin Dewey The bonds that form between self-harm bloggers can reinforce their feelings and behaviour, convincing them that cutting or eating disorders are normal, even healthy.
CATHERINE RODIE Does your child wake in the night crying but your attempts to comfort them make it worse? Do they make no sense when you try to calm them? They could be the 1 in every 8 children who experience night terrors.
Sarah Wayland Suicide is the leading cause of death in people aged between 15 and 34 years. So how do we break down the barriers and explore the stigma that comes with talking openly about not being okay?
LAKSHMI SINGH Could over-protectiveness of our children actually be leading to more injuries? The curious survey results suggesting that taking risks may be safer than we think.
A six-year-old boy in China had his eyes gouged out, blinding him for life, in a gruesome attack that may have been carried out by a ruthless organ trafficker, reports say.
Nicole Thomson-Pride A heartbreaking and inspirational story of one mum's determination to make her nine-year-old son's dreams come true before he leaves her.
Jacqueline Maley Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children will be penalised by having the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement withheld, the government announced on Sunday.
Julie Power An unseasonable warm winter has stirred one of the world's most venomous creatures from its burrow.
Danielle Street Children as young as 10 have spinal deformities caused by prolonged use of handheld devices, according to an Auckland chiropractor.
Rania Spooner Health authorities issue urgent warning to help find a father who was mistakenly sold a potentially fatal poison to stop his son biting his nails.
Angie Kelly I shrieked as the newsreader's words sank in. Alone in a hotel room, a six-hour flight from home, I froze and waited for the voice coming out of the TV to name the suburb.
Michael Lallo An emotional Kate Langbroek revealed live on radio this morning that her 10-year-old son Lewis has conquered his battle with cancer.
KATIE CARLIN Scientists at Cambridge University have discovered that girls suffering from the eating disorder anorexia also present with some of the more mild characteristics of autism.
Canadian authorities are waiting for the results of autopsies on two young boys who were apparently strangled by an escaped python.
Kate Hagan Disadvantaged children are more likely to be overweight, a study of 5000 Australian kids has found.
RACHEL BROWNE A leading group of doctors from Australia and New Zealand is pushing to make it a criminal offence for parents to smack their children.
Police have arrested the head of a school in eastern India where 23 students died after eating food contaminated with pesticide, an officer told AFP.
Andrew M. Seaman Children who listened to music while an IV needle was inserted into their arms were less stressed than kids who didn't listen to music, in a new study from Canada.
Indrajit Singh The children started falling violently ill soon after they ate the free school lunch of rice, lentils, soybeans and potatoes.
Julia Medew and Isaac Johanson Inconsistent or later bedtimes in children from an early age may affect healthy brain development, placing your child behind their peers in key learning areas, research has found.
Natalie O'Brien The number of asylum-seeker children held in closed immigration detention is at an all-time high – despite the Gillard government’s policy that they should not be held in detention centres.
Nicky Phillips Does it really transform a perfectly placid, delightful child into a squealing, chaotic monster in desperate need of sedation?
Vince Chadwick Children of same-sex parents are doing as well or better than the rest of the population on a number of key health indicators.
Nathan Grills and Gillian Porter Have your children watched a footy match recently? You will be shocked to learn just how many gambling advertisements they are also consuming during the space of your average game.
AMY CORDEROY Rose Cox's life is pretty different to that of most other 13-year-old girls. She learnt to cook for the family five years ago when her mother was paralysed and her father spiralled into depression and anxiety.
Thuy Yau All parents go through different struggles with their children but for approximately 54,600 people in Australia, their lives are just a bit harder: they are the main carers to children with a disability.
Kate Hagan More than 50 per cent of parents are worried about the safety of childhood vaccines, Australia's first national survey of attitudes to vaccination has revealed, prompting concerns of childhood outbreaks of disease.
Georgia Blain When her daughter became seriously ill, Georgia Blain entered a dark, almost mythical, kind of underworld.
DAN HARRISON She is the girl that brought the Prime Minister to tears. Twelve-year-old Sophie met Julia Gillard when she announced her plan to increase the Medicare levy to help pay for DisabilityCare.
JOSEPHINE TOVEY A pharmaceutical company has withdrawn adverts linking children's dietary supplements and NAPLAN test results after just two days following a public backlash.
Rachael Dunlop Sorting out the truth about vaccines amongst the lies and scaremongering can be difficult. Here are six of the most common myths about vaccination, and why they are wrong.
The Conversation Australians who were exposed to high levels of lead as children may be at greater risk of committing violent and impulsive crimes two decades later.
Jonathan Swan, Amy Corderoy Unvaccinated children should be barred from attending school, says the Australian Medical Association federal president, who also wants groups spreading anti-vaccination messages to be punished.
JEWEL TOPSFIELD Last year, Michael Teggerth was told his 11-year-old daughter Caitlyn, who has epilepsy and developmental delays, was tied up by a school bus driver, allegedly for trying to damage the bus.
Jewel Topsfield Children with disabilities being restrained, placed in solitary confinement, parents say.
Emily Whitehead is kind of a big deal. At age seven, she is the only child to have beaten back leukaemia with the help of a new treatment that turned her own immune cells into targeted cancer killers.
Lisa Pryor examines how child protection staff try to meet overwhelming demand for their help.
MELISSA DAVEY Doughnuts, custard tarts, hot chickens and other ready-to-eat supermarket meals will now come with a label displaying their kilojoule content in the hope consumers will think twice before indulging.
Vince Chadwick A group with links to the Church of Scientology is targeting Australian kindergartens, claiming that new health checks will put children at risk from psychotropic drugs.
Pro-anorexic communities are flourishing online, some offering sympathy to sufferers, others deadly encouragement, writes Gina McColl.
Glen Humphries Six-year-old Kayla Chaseling got to visit a magical land yesterday - and it's just down the hall from her bedroom.
Angela Thompson Jack MacMillan drowned in a metre of water in his backyard, a short distance from his mother, who never let him or his sisters in the pool unsupervised.