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JOSEPHINE TOVEY A pharmaceutical company has withdrawn adverts linking children's dietary supplements and NAPLAN test results after just two days following a public backlash.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.
COSIMA MARRINER The so-called ''helicopter'' parent is becoming ubiquitous, with new research showing more than 90 per cent of school psychologists and counsellors are encountering over-involved parents.
Georgina Mitchell, Gemma Khaicy When Claire Hill was given the Pope's blessing, her family didn't realise she would need it.
AMY CORDEROY Jim Beam-branded clothing is being sold to children as young as four, in what public health experts have said is one of the most shocking examples of alcohol advertising they have seen.
Rachel Wells Australian dental experts call for all soft drinks to carry warning labels declaring the risk of tooth decay.
Kate Hagan It's a far cry from lining up in a noisy shopping centre to have a photo taken with a strange man.
MARISSA CALLIGEROS Toddler Kyle Cummings has kept redclaw crayfish, chickens and a pig as pets on his family's hectare property.
LUCY BATTERSBY Cotton On Kids has been fined $1 million for selling children's nightwear that breached fire safety standards.
AMY CORDEROY A whooping cough epidemic has led NSW to record its highest number of new cases of the disease.
Cole Moreton Sally Roberts ran away with her seven-year-old son Neon and took him into hiding in Britain in a desperate attempt to seize back control of the way he was being treated for brain cancer.
DR JOANNA MCMILLAN Joanna McMillan explains why the way your kids eat their food is just as important as what they eat when it comes to helping the 600,000 Australian kids who are overweight or obese.
AMY CORDEROY Thousands of children - some younger than nine years old - have been admitted to hospitals around the country after intentionally harming themselves, a new report has found.
JUSTINE DAVIES Survey reveals that 52 percent of mothers stress about the health and wellbeing of their family but there are simple things you can do to stop stress becoming a serious problem.
Zohra Aly With 19 million antibiotic prescriptions written annually in Australia we on the brink of an antibiotic resistance that is spawning the rise of 'superbugs'.
A UK mother who shaved her son's head and eyebrows to pretend he had cancer in an £85,000 ($130,300) benefit scam has been jailed.
DR JOANNA MCMILLAN Queensland Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young has called on parents to ban their kids from drinking soft drinks and fruit juice but is this approach too simplistic for such a complex problem?
Phillip Coorey, Josephine Tovey PM launches the most comprehensive inquiry into child sexual abuse in Australia's history.
Kate Hagan Targeted treatments may be needed for children with arthritis, Melbourne researchers say, after discovering that cartilage inside children's joints breaks down in a different way to adults.
EK team More than three million children will be eligible for government-subsidised dental care, in the same way they’re now entitled to Medicare-funded GP visits.
Deborah Gough Pollution is giving otherwise healthy children asthma-like symptoms, potentially affecting their lung growth and function and casting doubt on whether national air quality standards are strong enough.
Heike Fabig I doubt anyone not personally touched by disability can understand the level of despair many families descended into when the politicking began over the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
LAKSHMI SINGH Second-hand stress named as the major culprit in childhood depression.
Staff reporters In a world first, Australian schoolboys will be vaccinated against conditions such as genital warts, and some cancers, under a new immunisation program announced by the federal government.
AMBER ROBINSON A NSW mother has been banned from contacting her four children until they are 18, after her son was admitted to hospital 115 times in three years.
Jill Stark Three-year-olds will be screened for early signs of mental illness in a new federal government program that will consider behaviour such as sleeping with the light on, temper tantrums or extreme shyness as signs of possible psychological problems.
Rachel Browne If Deborah Smith could have taken her son Tyler to the doctor for an emotional wellbeing check at the age of three, it would have saved her a lot of worry. Tyler, now four, had been reluctant to interact with adults from a young age.
Tim Barlass Parents at 43 schools from Sydney to the central coast have been sent a warning letter after a seven-year-old student became seriously ill from swallowing six magnets children use as fake piercings.
Melissa Davey There was a time when 11-year-old Annaliese McGuirk was so crippled by anxiety that she would arrive at school in tears, the thought of being away from her parents and interacting with her classmates too much to bear.
Staff writers Six-year-old Kate Daly dreams of becoming an Olympic swimmer and she is determined not to let an incurable disease stand in her way.
Maggie Dent Anxiety is the most significant mental health issue in childhood, and yet it frequently goes undetected and untreated. Maggie Dent tells you how you can beat this invisible enemy.
Natalie O'Brien A toxic chemical banned in Europe because it can cause burns, rashes and respiratory troubles has been found in imported children's school shoes sold by major retailers.
Mark Metherell Children with persistent ear infections and patients suffering recurring kidney disease are among the casualties of Australians' love affair with antibiotics.
Learning to ski is hard work, especially when you're a kid. It was all too much for this little guy who was so exhausted he fell asleep while still standing on the slopes.
Paul Bibby Debbie and Lawrence Waller love their 11-year-old son, Keeden, but they believe he should never have been born.
Tim Barlass THREE years ago Charlie Munns was severely jaundiced, suffering a genetic liver disease and waiting in hospital for an organ donor.
Rachel Browne REALITY television has Australian children hooked, but their sleep may be suffering for it.
Heather Quinlan THE sight of a child having fun in a playground is enough to make Drummoyne businessman and philanthropist John Perkins smile.
Megan Levy The mother of a three-year-old girl who broke her leg in a backyard accident was told by a GP that her daughter was being "overdramatic" while a Melbourne hospital failed to diagnose her for three days, her family claims.
Staff writers When and what to tell your child about a hospital stay and what you'll need to pack.
Gardiner Harris Yet another panel of scientists has found no evidence that the combination measles vaccine causes autism, though their report is unlikely to have any impact on the fierce debate about its safety.
Adele Horin Judy and Geoff Turner were in their mid-60s and had been married for 42 years when they became parents again - to the five-year-old granddaughter they had met only once.
Emma Grant-Williams Making the most of even the little moments before school or bed can go a long way towards soothing stresses. Here are five favourite 5-minute chill skills to help kids keep their cool.
Courtney Trenwith Children as young as four are having all of their baby teeth removed because of poor oral health, dentists say.
Glenn Jackson Five-year-old Lleyton Giles's battle is a reminder of what's truly important.
Daniel Lewis The Wests Tigers made a stunning 43-18 victory over the Panthers over the weekend, with inspiration from a surprising source - five-year-old Lleyton Giles.
Kylie Orr Somehow I slipped through the cracks when they were handing out the sympathy gene. I must have been standing in the impatience line, because I sure got an overdose of that.