Reflux & Sensory Processing

Sensory processing difficulties appear to be common for children with reflux. Approximately 51% of children with reflux also present with a major feeding difficulty such as food refusal, food selectivity, dysphagia or poor oral motor skills. It is interesting to note that 93% of feeding difficulties are found to result from a combination of organic causes (such as reflux) and secondary behavioural characteristics (such as avoiding meal times).

Amy and Maggie’s Story

I still remember the first time my daughter had her first little vomit in her bassinet at the hospital. As a first time mum, I was calling the nurse and asking if she was ok, could she be choking and what should I do to help her? I just kept receiving those reassuring smiles that said, ‘everything is ok and this is normal’.

Caramel Pear Cake

Caramel Pear Cake – simple diary, soy and (if necessary) gluten-free cakey goodness!

To our families and friends

This page is intended to provide some ideas for family and friends as to how they can support a family caring for a baby or child with reflux. Over time, we’ve collected a few ideas and listed some of them here to give you some practical suggestions. Attached is a letter to families and friends to help explain what’s happening and give ideas on how best to help.

Newsletter May 2013

Welcome to the May edition of RISA News. Its contains lots of great information, feedback from our conference and notice of our June AGM. It also contains, as always, personal stories, book reviews and recipes.

What every reflux parent needs to know about a medication wean

When you stop using a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) a spike in stomach acid production is inevitable. That’s right, inevitable. So your child will very likely be in pain. This does not necessarily mean that the wean has failed. You need to consider pain management for the duration of the wean which could be several weeks. Talk to your doctor about appropriate pain management during this time.

Here’s why: the body will produce a hormone to tell the body to start producing acid again. The acid needs to reach a certain level before the body will realise it can stop and levels will normalise. In the meantime, you need to expect that stomach acid production will be a bit haywire.

RISA 2013 Conference Report

On 20 April this year, RISA held its inaugural conference for 220 healthcare professionals (HCPs). It was an outstanding success. Despite some of our volunteers pouring their heart and souls into it, they were struck down with illness so we had a smaller number of volunteers on the day than we’d planned, but it went really smoothly with lovely feedback about the organisation of the day.