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About 3% of babies are born with birth defects, when there is a problem with how they develop in the womb. from www.shutterstock.com

Why we don’t know what causes most birth defects

We still don't know what's behind four out of every five birth defects. But that can change.
All parents have probably struggled to get their kids to sleep at some point. This is even more difficult when a child has ADHD. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Improving sleep in children with ADHD has some lessons for all parents

Children with ADHD are much more likely than other kids to struggle getting to sleep, and staying asleep. Up to 73% of Australian parents report their child with ADHD has problems sleeping.
It can be a tough time for children going through the physical and emotional changes of puberty. And if they enter puberty early, the health impacts can stay with them for life. from www.shutterstock.com

Poor kids hit puberty sooner and risk a lifetime of health problems

Shape-shifting bodies. Cracking voices. Hairs sprouting in new places. Why do some children enter puberty early?
The NDIS is designed to provide personalised support to all Australians with a disability. from shutterstock.com

Prisoners are excluded from the NDIS – here’s why it matters

By excluding prisoners from the NDIS, the federal government is discriminating against prisoners with a disability in direct contravention of our international human rights obligations.
For some parents, the decision to vaccinate requires more than just objective evidence. rocketboom/flickr

Australians’ attitudes to vaccination are more complex than a simple ‘pro’ or ‘anti’ label

Whilst most parents do vaccinate, health professionals often find it difficult to talk with those who are hesitant or decline. A new resource provides information and communication support.
Researchers have identified a specific difference shared by most (but not all) brains of people who had autism. from www.shutterstock.com.au

New study finds common link across autism spectrum disorders

One of the big questions in autism research is whether autism is a single disorder or many different disorders that happen to present in the same way.
Parents of very preterm infants are at far higher risk of depression and anxiety than parents of healthy full-term babies. Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Mums and dads of very preterm babies more likely to be depressed

A new baby is life-changing for all parents, but for those whose babies are born too early, the challenges can be immense.
This birth defect has such a stigma because it can be related to having a smaller-than-usual penis. Mike Ault/Flickr

Hypospadias: the cause of penis malformation is still a matter of debate

Hypospadias is a malformation of the penis, present from birth, where the opening of the urethra is misplaced somewhere along the underside of the penis instead of being at the tip.
RCH patient, Miles, working with NAO. Alvin Aquino/RCH

Robots can help young patients engage in rehab

The advent of social robots is giving rise to new possibilities in paediatric health care. But will they replace human specialists?

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