Health & nutrition

Health & nutrition



Adelaide awaits next op

Brave Adelaide Ketel is still smiling through her long battle against cancer. Anna Bradley Smith caught up with her parents.

The little girl who always smiles

Ellie Topliff turns two in February. It will probably be her last birthday.

Antibiotics tied to childhood obesity

Children who are given antibiotics as toddlers are at higher risk of obesity, according to new research.

On the move

While most babies crawl at around nine months, Jasmin is 13 months old. She's faced some challenges but has worked hard to get mobile.

Tears and trepidation

Miss A is collecting the bumps, bruises and scars of early childhood and learning that you can't trust everyone, including me.


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Taking toddlers to the dentist

I remember being told by my Plunket nurse to take Milin to the dentist before his second birthday. I don't really have an excuse why I didn't.

Miss A, Awatea

A case of restraint

Making a one-year-old do something they don't want to can make you feel like a cage fighter.


Entice fussy toddlers to eat

If mealtimes are a struggle at your house try some of these tactics to try and outwit your fussy child.


No autism-vaccine link

An Australian professor says he's proved once and for all there is no link between vaccinations and autism.

Rylee Taylor

Facebook saves sight

Tara Taylor had no idea posting a photo of her toddler on Facebook would lead to the diagnosis of a serious disease.

Toddler eating

Searching for a diagnosis

The only way to diagnose our gluten-intolerant son was to 'torture' him for two months.

child eating vegetables

Why kids don't like veges

There are perfectly good reasons for why your child will refuse to eat vegetables - but that doesn't mean you have to give up.

Ezra Mataki

Poker through tongue

Family has no idea how Ezra, 2, managed to impale his tongue with a fire poker.

Milin and Jasmin

When flu strikes

I've had flu once before, so I already know not to underestimate its power. Still, this virus hit us all like a freight train.

Child having his teeth brushed.

Tooth grinding in toddlers

How damaging is it if your toddler grinds their teeth?

toddler playing

Video: What autism looks like

Spotting the early signs of autism can be hard. This video has been developed to help.


Margot needs a life saver

Vicki and Yasser Martini have launched a global appeal to find a stem cell donor to save their daughter.

Addison Blundell

Introduced to sound

Even toddler tantrums have a positive side for Addison Blundell's parents.


Social events and sick kids

Do you take your kids to a social event if they're a bit under the weather?

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Label changes improve Pamol safety

Parents can feel more confident they are giving children the right amount of Pamol, thanks to changes in dosage instructions.

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