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Warning about Children's Panadol dosage

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.


Coles banned from calling its bread 'fresh' for three years

Coles will not be able to label bread baked overseas and frozen

Supermarket chain Coles has been banned for three years from advertising that its bread was made or baked on the day it was sold.

Gift of life celebrated at the Transplant Games

Grace Pearce, the competitor.

Larissa Nicholson Grace Pearce could only watch on as her sister competed in her first school athletics day but now she is the most athletic in the family.

What causes breast cancer? Sorting fact from fiction

Facts on breast cancer causes and risks.

Allyson Thomson What do women believe causes breast cancer? And what scientific support is there for these beliefs?

Child dies after sand dune collapse near Eden

Fatal accident: Police at the scene on Terrace Beach, in Ben Boyd National Park, after a sand dune collapsed on a boy.

Emma Kelly A young boy has died after being trapped beneath a collapsed sand dune on the NSW south coast.

Parents welcome son's diagnosis

Complex condition: Dylan Byers, 8, has been diagnosed with disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.

Ben Heather Dylan Byers has spent much of his short life screaming in rage at his family, to the point his mother fears for her daughter's safety.

Report reveals Garnett Spears was treated for elevated sodium levels as a baby


Livia Gamble Garnett Spears was diagnosed with hypernatremia before his first birthday, according to the child fatality report.


My 12-year-old brother saved my life

Bonds that don't break.

As told to Robyn Doreian When she was diagnosed with leukaemia as a teenager, it was Shiloh Middlemiss’ younger brother who saved her life.

Police seek witnesses over death of girl, 8, on ride at Royal Adelaide Show

Adelene Leong

A girl flung to her death from a ride at the Royal Adelaide Show was the "little angel" of her mother's heart.

Dozens of Syrian children reported dead after receiving tainted measles vaccination

Syrian child

Damien McElroy Up to 36 children were believed to have died after receiving tainted measles vaccines.

'Lightning' strikes school oval and injures students in West Hoxton

Sydney storm

Megan Levy and Peter Hannam More than a dozen students are being treated by paramedics after a suspected lightning strike on a school oval in Sydney’s west.

Couch potato kids turn into couch potato adults


The more television children watched at age 10, the more they watched in middle age, according to a new report that suggests the need for earlier interventions to get kids off the couch.


Watch: Two blind sisters see for the first time


It costs $300 and takes 15-minutes but without this miracle surgery Anita, 6, and Sonia, 12 would spend the rest of their lives living darkness.


How my mother's depression shaped my whole life

Ann Mastergeorge When I think back to my mother when I was a child, I don't have a single memory of her smiling. She suffered from chronic, lifelong depression, and it affected me and my four siblings every day.

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WHO report maps global suicide problem for the first time

Pulling them out of the dark ...

Emil Jeyaratnam, Reema Rattan, Warren Clark One person takes their own life every 40 seconds, equating to 803,900 deaths across the world every year, according to the first World Health Organization report on suicide prevention.

Mother with Alzheimer's recognises daughter for a beautiful moment

A beautiful moment between a mother and her daughter.

Laura Vitto Kelly Gunderson got a brief — but wonderful — surprise after her mother, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, recognised her for a few seconds.

Parents of British boy with brain tumour to face Spanish judge

Ashya King, 5. the British boy who is suffering with a severe brain tumour.

Elodie Cuzin The parents of a five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital without medical consent and found in Spain are set to appear before a Spanish judge.

British boy with brain tumour found safe, parents arrested

Found safe: Ashya King, 5, who has a brain tumour.

Ashya King, the five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital without medical consent, has been found in Spain with his parents, who have been arrested.

Six-year-old Mira Erdmann meets the man who saved her life


Livia Gamble Mira Erdmann’s only chance of survival was a bone marrow transplant, but when doctors placed on the registry there was only one man in the world that was a perfect match.


Mother rebuilds life after trauma and dissociation


Lisa Wachsmuth During her senior years of high school in the Illawarra, Zoe didn't know which of her mother's four personalities would greet her when she got home each day.

AMA push to exempt concession holders and children

The AMA has offered an alternative to the government's $7 GP fee.

Dan Harrison, Kate Hagan Concession card holders and children will be exempt from the proposed GP visit fee, under an Australian Medical Association proposal to the Abbott government.

Parents start social media challenge to help save their little girl


Livia Gamble Parents of four-year old Eliza O’Neill have been working non-stop to raise the $2.5 million that's needed to fund a clinical trial for Sanfilippo Syndrome. Similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge, they have set a challenge of their own.


Should we be worried about triclosan in Colgate Total toothpaste?

Health concerns: Colgate Total contains triclosan.

Eryk Bagshaw One of Australia’s most popular toothpastes, has come under international pressure over health concerns connected with one of its active ingredients, triclosan.


150 asylum-seeking children in detention to be released

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison addresses the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday 21 February 2014

Sarah Whyte, Ben Doherty Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announces that 150 children will be removed from detention centres and placed on bridging visas in the community due to a new push to restore temporary protection visas.


Aussie woman proves anyone can make a difference

Making a difference in the life of the world's most vulnerable.

Lilani Goonesena How one woman is changing the lives of disabled children from some of the poorest Vietnamese families.

Discovering you have a head full of nits

Warning: Reading likely to induce scratching.

Annabel Crabb As an adult, the discovery that one is harbouring an unspecified number of small scuttling insects in one's hair brings about a number of confronting results.

Brain training games won't help children do better at school


Emma Blakey There has been a big increase recently in the number of computerised “brain training” programs marketed at young children. These programs make impressive claims - that they can help children learn better, that they improve children’s focus and memory, and that they can help children succeed in school.


Anti-obesity video goes viral


Livia Gamble A new short video follows the reverse-journey of a young man named Jim who has suffered a heart attack.


9-year-old boy was given new ears made from his ribs


Livia Gamble Nine-year-old Kieran Sorkin was born without ears but thanks to a life-changing surgery he now has ears made from his ribs.


11-year-old girl invents a paediatric chemo-backpack


Livia Gamble Struggling to walk around with IV poles while she was receiving chemotherapy, Kylie Simonds came up with the idea for a portable IV backpack.


Obese kids in denial about their weight


Karen Kaplan New government data suggest a non-medical cause of America's childhood obesity crisis: denial.

When your husband doesn't want sex

When husbands want less sex, marriages can suffer.

Heidi Stevens It's the problem no one wants to talk about because it seems so counter-cultural but when men don't want to have sex it can create big problems in their marriage.

How to prepare your 4-year-old for their vaccinations

The surprise no four-year-old wants.

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.


Parents seeking respite are leaving their disabled children at hospital


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.


Three girls photographed fighting cancer together share some good news


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.


Parental training may reduce the health gap between disadvantaged and privileged children


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.


Boy with cancer stars in his very own Godzilla movie

Make A Wish

Rachel Clun A young American leukaemia patient has been able to walk like a giant, starring in his very own Godzilla film.


Boy found to be allergic to his iPad


Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.


Doping among athletes as young as 12 finds study


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.

Obesity causing asthma in children

Study finds excess weight and obestity contributing factors in onset of asthma.

Amy Corderoy Excess weight and obesity among children could be contributing to Australia’s high rates of asthma.

Six foods that increase or decrease your risk of cancer


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.


After three-year saga, health star rating labels finally ready to go


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.


Dancing dad's pageant video with special needs daughter goes viral

dancing dad

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.


NDIS short changing children with autism

monika debek

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.

Doctors giving young children a banned vaccination, reports


Mariza O'Keefe Reports of some doctors giving young children a banned flu vaccination "defies belief", Australia's chief medical officer says.


Mummy blogger charged with fatally poisoning her son

Lacey Spears and son Garnett

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.

Mother jailed for pretending daughter had cancer

This girl, 4, was allegedly poisoned by her mother with chemotherapy drugs bought over the internet. This girl, 4, was poisoned by her mother with chemotherapy drugs bought over the internet.

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.

Free online program proven to help children with anxiety

Helping children cope with anxiety.

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.


Seeing colour blindness through my son's eyes


Eryn Brown Watching her son sort through his Rainbow Loom band was the first time this mum noticed his "deficiency" in action.


Luscious locks a welcome gift for those who lose their hair

Suri Gonzalez-Darrough, 6, (in dress) and Lauren Dyer, 10, who both have Alopecia, a condition which causes baldness, with Chelsea Allen, 4, who has donated some of her hair for a wig, in Pyrmont, Sydney.
31st May 2014
Photo: Janie Barrett

Melanie Kembrey Many people don’t cope well with hair loss but six-year-old Suri Gonzalez Darrough says she feels proud.


Outrage as PETA links autism to milk in video ad

Fear mongering: One of PETA's controversial autism ads.

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.


Sleepless teens are forced to wait up to a year for treatment


Lucy Carroll Teenagers with chronic sleep deprivation are being put at risk of developing serious mood disorders and learning difficulties.


McDonald's new 'Happy' mascot is an 'epic fail'

McDonald's Happy

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.


Depression rates higher in mothers of four-year-olds than after birth of child

Depression more common in mothers of four-year-olds finds study.

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.


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