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Blogger Lacey Spears found guilty of killing son with salt

10:03am A woman who blogged for years about her son's constant health woes was convicted on Monday of poisoning him to death by force-feeding heavy concentrations of sodium through his stomach tube.

Children admitted to hospital because of alcohol use in NSW

Amy Corderoy, Health Editor Thousands of children and young people in NSW are being harmed by alcohol.

Two kids tested for Ebola in Melbourne

Ebola scare: Children in isolation at Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne.

Two children being tested for Ebola were taken to hospital by ambulance from Melbourne Airport.

April-lee Gillen woke from coma to find she was pregnant after attempted abduction

April-lee Gillen: Shocked to find out she was pregnant.

Megan Levy A teenage girl woke up from a coma pregnant after she was found lying unconscious and critically injured beside a road following a suspected attempted abduction near Wollongong.

Study: To fight peanut allergy, it's better to eat peanuts than avoid them

Study finds peanut avoidance could do more harm than good.

Karen Kaplan Keeping peanuts far, far away from infants and toddlers who might have a life-threatening reaction to them seemed like a good idea at the time but a new study suggests that advice did more harm than good.

Texas teacher donates kidney to 6-year-old student

Gift of life: Matthew Parker's teacher to donate her kidney.

Livia Gamble Six-year-old Matthew Parker has suffered difficulties with his kidneys his whole life.

Burning issue

Sun damage keeps happening even after you go inside according to study

Burning issue: Some of the damage caused by sunlight may occur after sun exposure ends, according to a new study.

Rachel Feltman Some of the damage caused by sunlight — the DNA damage that can lead to sun burns and even skin cancer — may occur after sun exposure ends, according to a new study published in Science.

What can we draw from pictures by detained child asylum seekers?

Pictures drawn by children detained on Christmas Island, given to the Australian Human Rights Commission as part of the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014.

Margaret Mayhew Children’s drawings are an accessible and compelling image of the tragedy of mandatory detaining of children in isolated camps.

Five signs your child has head lice

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Rachel Clun The signs of a head lice infestation may not be as obvious as you think.

Scary berries: how food gets contaminated and what to do

Contaminated berries: Only a small proportion of people who eat these berries will become infected.

Martyn Kirk What you need to know about hepatitis A, what you should do if you are showing symptoms, and how frozen berries become contaminated.

Health warning: Nanna's frozen raspberries recalled over hepatitis fears

Recalled: Nanna's frozen raspberries.

Esther Han A fourth frozen berries product recall has been issued by NSW food safety and health authorities. Patties Nanna’s-branded frozen raspberries have been added to the list, after a string of hepatitis A cases in three states.

Duchess of Cambridge pleas for child mental health checks


Jennifer Cockerell The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken of the importance of preventing children's problems becoming worse as they get older in a video message she has recorded to support the UK's first Children's Mental Health Week.

Boy, 12, youngest child to be to be given a gastric band in Britain

Childhood Obesity: Who's to blame?

Livia Gamble A new series reveals the most extreme cases of childhoods obesity.

10 years on, how do we still have children in detention?

Australia is the only country in to impose mandatory detention as the first resort for asylum seekers, including children.

Madeline Gleeson 10 years after the Australian Human Rights Commission reported that detention centres were no place for children, why is it still an issue?


Australian Human Rights Commission report finds hundreds of children abused in detention

A drawing from a child held in detention.

Sarah Whyte, Michael Gordon Hundreds of cases of assault against children have occurred in Australian-run immigration detention centres, a new report has found.

'Do they think I'm fat?': The way we talk about health with children matters


Livia Gamble A US mother complained to her local news station after her daughter’s school sent a letter home suggesting her “child's health be examined by a physician”.

Resolutions for the new school year


Antonia Kidman Antonia Kidman shares the simple resolutions she focuses on for her family each year as school goes back.

Doctors confirm screen time affects teens

Sleep-robbing screens: study confirms impact of screen time on teen sleep.

Proof that the more time teenagers spend on computers or mobile phones, the less they sleep they get.

5-year-old girl saves her mum's life after she collapsed in the kitchen

I can't wake her up: 5-year-old girl calls emergency services.

Livia Gamble A five-year-old girl has saved her mother's life after she collapsed in the kitchen by calling emergency services.

Experts revise how much sleep kids should get each night

Tiring times: how much sleep is enough?

Mary Ward Are you making your kids sleep for longer than they need to?

Battling Crohn's tough work for youngster

Health woes: Ranger Leary, 10,
has had Crohn’s
disease since he
was a baby

Cate Broughton Living with Crohn's disease is all Ranger Leary knows.

Researchers find potential peanut allergy cure

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

Leah McLennan Australian researchers have found a possible cure for people with potentially fatal peanut allergies.

Meet the 12-year-old girl battling dementia

Despite her obvious physical fragility, Charlea Armstead is fiercely independent.

Victoria Lambert Charlea Armstead walks carefully into the kitchen of her Oldham home, wary of falling or bumping herself. Each step is taken with the caution of old age, her hands feeling for the security of the table in front, before she gingerly sits down. However, Charlea is no elderly lady. She is 12 years old.

Patients spared $20 GP fee but more changes coming

Plan to cut a Medicare rebate to GPs abandoned

Dan Harrison The Abbott Government’s backdown has spared patients a $20 fee for short GP visits, but they are likely to face higher out of pocket costs in July when other Medicare changes take effect.

Medicare changes dumped

Changes to the medicare rebate have been scrapped

The federal government will not be implementing changes to the medicare rebate system as planned after a backlash from the medical sector.  

The sun and cancer: how UV radiation affects our skin

Applying sunscreen with a high SPF factor every two hours will help reduce your UV exposure.

Sandra Pavey Around 30 Australians are diagnosed with melanoma every day, which can be caused by UV radiation.

Medicare changes: GP visit to cost patients extra $20


Julia Medew Changes to Medicare will see many Australians hit with a new $20 fee for seeing their GP from next week.


What drowning really looks like

Drowning doesn't look like the images we have been shown.

Dilvin Yasa If your child began to drown, would you be able to recognise it? Probably not, says Dilvin Yasa, because we've been fed the wrong images.

How to help when someone is drowning


Scott Parker Not panicking and conserving energy are the keys to survival if you get into trouble in the water, according to a prominent lifeguard.

Missing family found in Queensland outback

Ethan and Timothy Van Lonkhuyzen were missing with their father in outback Queensland.

Kim Stephens Brisbane man Steven Van Lonkhuyzen and his two young sons had been missing for 11 days on Sunday, the outlook was looking grim.


Mother arrested over deaths of eight children in Cairns

Police at the scene in Murray St Manoora in Cairns where the mutliple stabbing occured.

The mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a Cairns home yesterday has been arrested over their deaths, according to police.

ADHD kids spend most of their childhood without medication


Emma Kelly Australian families are reluctant to medicate children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a 20-year study has found.

Cairns stabbing: eight children dead

queensland police

Eight children have been found dead in the suburb of Manoora in Cairns, Queensland Police have confirmed

How to make sure your sunscreen actually works

Following tests, only four sunscreens were recommended.

ANDREA O'NEIL Slipping, slopping and slapping might not prevent sunburn and ageing after all.


South Australian couple jailed over starving son

The 4-year-old boy weighed just 8.3kg when he was discovered locked in this squalor.

Margaret Scheikowski When police got into a locked bedroom of a squalid house, they found a naked, filthy, starving and shivering four-year-old boy crouched on the floor holding out a blue plate.

Vaccinating our children against a preventable viral disease

Larry, polio

Larry Graham There is a disease that has killed or permanently disabled millions - and it's not Ebola.


Children's Rights Report: self-harming emerges as biggest concern


Shaza Barbar The Children's Rights Report 2014 was officially launched by the National Children's Commissioner Megan Mitchell in an event at the Australian Human Rights Commission Monday morning.

Charity single

Aussie musicians join parents in fight to save their two terminally ill children

Jude and Isla Donnell have a rare genetic condition known as Sanfilippo syndrome.

Inga Ting Last year Megan and her husband Al went from having two healthy kids to finding out they were both terminally ill but they aren't giving up without a fight.

Karmah Jayne Hall's family learnt of her death on Facebook

Family anguish: Karmah Jayne Hall.

Rachel Browne A schoolgirl's grieving mother is appalled that she learnt of her child's death on social media.

A UK mother fights to save her daughter from a painful medical condition


Livia Gamble It';s natural for parents to want to wrap their kids in cotton wool and protect them. But for Sharmila and James Collins it was the only thing they could do to save their daughter's life.


Children as young as 12 are now becoming slaves to the drug crystal methamphetamine

The drug ice

Eamonn Duff A Sun-Herald investigation has found that children as young as 12 are now becoming slaves to the drug: crystal methamphetamine.


Energy drinks are being consumed by kids younger than six


Livia Gamble A study has found children under the age of six are being exposed to energy drinks, as large numbers of parents are phoning poison control centres for help.

Why these two parents want you to know their son's story

Craig with his two children.

Nicole Thomson-Pride Seven-year-old Jack Norman has an inoperable brain tumour and while his parents don't know how much longer they'll have him, they want to make sure others are aware of the disease that kills more children than any other in Australia.

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A brilliantly different look at autism

Callum, 13, with  Aspect's Positive Behaviour Support Manager Tom Tutton.

Rachel Clun Autism Spectrum Australia wants to change the way we talk about autism.

British mother tells of her 10-year-old's battle with anorexia

10-year-old Jade's anorexia left her weighing the same as an average 4-year-old.

Rachel Clun A British mother says her 10-year-old daughter developed anorexia thanks to bullies at school, and she wants other parents to be aware of the dangers of eating disorders.

How to talk to children about grandparents with dementia

How do you explain dementia to kids?

Alison Bradshaw Helping children understand why their grandparent can no longer remember their name is a hard conversation to have, but here are ten practical tips to help guide you.

Five ways siblings are good for your health


Livia Gamble When siblings aren’t declaring war on each other, it turns out, having a brother or sister can actually be good for their health.

Searching for a solution: the effect sitting has on kids


Livia Gamble Sitting over a long period of time raises serious health concerns for adults, but what does that mean for kids’ and their increasingly sedentary lifestyle?

Mother of six fakes cancer for fundraising money

Cancer scam: Elle even shaved her head to make people believe she had cancer.

Rachel Clun It's a sad story. A mother - of six children, no less - being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, to later discover it had become terminal.

New York millionaire found guilty of manslaughter in death of son, 8

Gigi Jordan on the witness stand during her murder trial.

James McKinley jnr A woman who said she poisoned her disabled son to prevent him from being sexually abused has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Parents in mourning after lightning strike kills teen son

Dan Proudman A Thornton family is devastated after their teenage son died from a lightning strike at One Mile Beach on Saturday.

British mother wins right to let her daughter die

Charlotte Fitzmaurice with her daughter Nancy.

Rachel Clun A British mother has won the right no parent ever wants to have: she won the right to end her 12-year-old daughter's life.

Ebola-shaped toy sells out


Livia Gamble US toy company, Giant Microbes, which sells a cuddly version the virus has said the toy has been a sell-out.

Warning about Children's Panadol dosage

child panadol

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.

This extreme head lice infestation will leave you scratching your head

Thousands of crawling head lice are left on the comb in this YouTube video.

Rachel Clun In a video sure to make your skin crawl, a mother combs thousands of lice and eggs out of her daughter's hair.

NT to launch sex offender register

Daniel Morcombe

Karlis Salna The Northern Territory is set to become the first jurisdiction in Australia to introduce a public sex offender register, to be named after murdered Queensland teenager Daniel Morcombe.


Broccoli chemical may improve autism symptoms

A chemical found in broccoli and cabbage may help autism

Sarah Knapton A chemical found in broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage may improve some symptoms of autism, a new study has found.


Why you shouldn't compare your children to their siblings

Sibling comparisons can leave children feeling as if they are never good enough.

Thuy Yau Here is why pitting your child against the other can do more damage than you might realise.

Thousands of children orphaned by West Africa's Ebola crisis

Ebola crisis

Brian Ries A range of international organisations are ramping up their responses to help children who are increasingly affected by the Ebola outbreak in western Africa.

When your child is a fussy eater


Livia Gamble Sometimes putting on a show is the only way to get kids' to eat something.

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