CATHERINE RODIE The four-year-old vaccinations can be more of a challenge than the routine needles children have when they are babies and toddlers.
HENRIETTA COOK A lack of government services means disabled children are being left at Victorian hospitals and placed in beds for the mentally ill, according to the Health and Community Services Union.
LIVIA GAMBLE A photo of three young girls battling cancer holding onto one another for support and comfort went viral last year and this latest update will bring a smile to your face. All three girls are now cancer free or in remission.
NICKY PHILLIPS Teaching poor parents how to nurture their children may partially offset the health risks that come with growing up poor, according to a new study.
RACHEL CLUN A young American leukaemia patient has been able to walk like a giant, starring in his very own Godzilla film.
Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.
Natasha Boddy Performance or image enhancing drugs are being used by athletes as young as 12 according to a new study that claims the practice may be going unchecked due to a lack of drug testing.
AMY CORDEROY Excess weight and obesity among children could be contributing to Australia’s high rates of asthma.
Tim Crowe If you believe cancer is a disease that strikes from nowhere with little in your control to prevent it, you’d be mistaken on both counts.
Assistant health minister Fiona Nash has announced that Australian and New Zealand ministers responsible for food policy and regulation have signed off on the health star rating system for front-of-pack labelling.
LIVIA GAMBLE McKenzie can’t take gymnastics or dance classes but with the help of her dad, Mike Carey, pageants are something she can do.
RACHEL BROWNE Children with autism are being short changed in the NDIS with the government's benchmark payment only covering six hours of therapy a week, less than a third of the 20 hours a week considered necessary under international best practice.
Mariza O'Keefe Reports of some doctors giving young children a banned flu vaccination "defies belief", Australia's chief medical officer says.
Lacey Spears shared the heartbreaking tale of her blond-haired, blue-eyed boy's constant battle with illness on her blog and social media for years.
Melissa Grant A Gold Coast mother has been jailed for at least two years for poisoning her healthy daughter with cancer drugs for the attention.
BROOKE LUMSDEN 10-year-old Lachlan has been noticeably struggling with anxiety issues since was four but a new online program, backed by beyondblue is offering him and other children with anxiety hope.
Eryn Brown Watching her son sort through his Rainbow Loom band was the first time this mum noticed his "deficiency" in action.
MELANIE KEMBREY Many people don’t cope well with hair loss but six-year-old Suri Gonzalez Darrough says she feels proud.
ROSE POWELL Online communities are outraged by a video ad previously pulled by Animal rights group PETA that claims there is a supposedly scientific link between dairy products and autism.
LUCY CARROLL Teenagers with chronic sleep deprivation are being put at risk of developing serious mood disorders and learning difficulties.
Leslie Patton A new McDonald's Corp. character named Happy was designed to encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables but the "scary" mascot is inspiring a different emotion among Twitter users: fear.
Kate Hagan Depression is more common in first-time mothers four years after birth than at any other time during the child’s first year, new research finds.
LUCY CARROLL Research shows more boys suffer from peanut allergies than girls but doctors are at a loss to explain these figures or how to stop the "epidemic".
A British teenage cancer sufferer who raised more than 3 million pounds ($5.3 million) for charity after his fund-raising campaign went viral on social media has died, his family said on Wednesday.
VICTORIA BIRCH Caring for a child with asthma raises many questions for parents and carers – here are six tips to help you keep it under control.
RACHEL CLUN After battling stage four cancer, five-year-old Addy got to make her wish come true.
LIVIA GAMBLE As a parent you’re always concerned no matter how sick your child is, but when "dots" appeared on his son, Jeremy Cooper knew something really wasn't right.
AMANDA HOH Elisha Neave and her sisters tested positive with the BRCA2 cancer gene but she decided to delay a hysterectomy and mastectomy to have more children.
Deborah Netburn Fat shaming can backfire. Calling a girl "too fat" may increase her chances of being obese in the future, new research suggests.
Andrew Whitehouse Expert questions the validity of a new behavioural disorder that he claims hasn’t reached the standards required to warrant its existence.
Julia Prodis Sulek One day, Tessa Gallo was a typical 12-year-old; the next, her mother said, "she was psychotic", a victim of an underdiagnosed, mysterious illness called PANS.
BROOKE LUMSDEN My heart sank as I listened to the optometrist’s explanation of my son’s colour vision deficiency. It was called deuteranopia, and it meant his world was a different to the bright, vibrant one I had assumed we were sharing.
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QUIRKY KID Still waiting for your child to grow out of their bad sleep patterns? Here is how to put in place strategies to help them (and you) get a good nights sleep.
Thuy Yau Society is so often focused on raising happy children, but what about the happiness of the parents? Are we doing enough to look after the emotional and mental health of parents?
Nicky Phillips Growing up in an unstable family or in poverty causes early signs of genetic ageing in children that may leave them more vulnerable to certain diseases, a study has found.
Rachel Browne, Saffron Howden High school student Bashir Yousufi is grateful for his life in Australia but the Afghan refugee still harbours deep sadness about the trauma he was forced to endure while waiting to be processed.
Katie Carlin Wanting to get active as a family but unsure of where to start? Here is a mixture of fun, creative and more challenging activities to help.
LIVIA GAMBLE For some, smoking an e-cigarette may seem better than smoking tobacco but when the liquid nicotine ends up in the wrong hands the outcome can be fatal.
LIVIA GAMBLE When Tara Taylor posted a picture of her little girl to Facebook, among the flurry of compliments there was a warning that saved her little girl’s eye sight.
JO HARTLEY Knowing cigarettes are bad for them isn't enough to deter younger generations from picking up the unhealthy habit. Here is how to help them quit and prevent them from starting.
SARAH BERRY A British teen has tried to kill himself after becoming obsessed with taking the "perfect" selfie.
Malcolm Moore China has introduced "blanket" drug testing for as many as 170 million children after it emerged that hundreds of kindergarten pupils were being secretly drugged by their teachers.
Gabe McGrath The only way to diagnose our gluten-intolerant son - was to ‘torture’ him for two months.
Lisa Fernandez Lisa Fernandez was diagnosed with adult attention deficit disorder in her late twenties and while she doesn’t have medical training she is convinced ADD and ADHD does exist and here is why.
Mel Hearse As her son gets closer to the age of the HPV vaccine, Mel Hearse seeks expert advice on the benefits – and busts a few myths along the way.
KATIE CARLIN A mother captures her six-year-old daughter’s love for her little brother who suffers from cerebral palsy in a moving short film.
Roger Hearn War forces parents to make heart wrenching decisions. Do you allow your child to have their legs amputated because hospitals don’t have the equipment to treat them?
Katie Carlin Most children have a wish list of birthday gifts as long as their arm but for cancer sufferer Rafael Moraes’ tenth birthday all he wants is cards. Hundreds of them.
Emma Partridge The head of a women’s health centre has revealed at least 60 child brides are living in south-western Sydney, with many more girls destined to be forced into under-age marriage unless actions are taken to curb the illegal practice.
Adam Clark Estes The unexpected health consequences of teen selfies.
Hannah Kohlman Hannah Kohlman suffered a major pulmonary embolism after taking the pill. Here is what she wishes she had known.
Early childhood screening has been suggested as a way to identify and treat kids at risk of developing childhood mental health issues. But finding the right tool for such screening poses major challenges.
Paula Goodyer The shopping trolley is a good place to start reducing the dangers of sugar, salt and saturated fat.
For most 11-year-old boys, Facebook is a way to chat with friends and share photographs - but for Reece Puddington, it was a place to express a more momentous message.
Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D. Friends, acquaintances, family members and complete strangers are remarkably comfortable questioning and commenting on various aspects of our lives.
JULIA MEDEW Leading chemical experts are calling for a radical overhaul of chemical regulation to protect children from everyday toxins that may be causing a global ''silent epidemic'' of brain development disorders such as autism, dyslexia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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.
Eric Larson Last week, Michael Marones tried to kill himself, allegedly after enduring months of bullying at school, in part because of his passion for the show 'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic'.
Catherine Rodie Today, 6th February, is an International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. It is a day that is observed every year to raise awareness of a practice that is harmful to girls and women around the world.