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Does your infant or child suffer from gastro-oesophageal reflux? Are you receiving the support and information you need?

Caring for a baby or child who suffers from gastro-oesophageal reflux can be extremely stressful and you may find yourself on an emotional rollercoaster ride. You may not realise your experience and emotions can be perfectly normal for your situation but this is where the Reflux Infants Support Association (RISA) Inc can help.

Learn more below, browse our articles and information, or join our forums for discussion and support. (Please note: RISA does not give medical advice or recommend health professionals.)

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Reflux Reality: A Guide for Families

REFLUX REALITY: A Guide for Families was written by Glenda Blanch in association with RISA Inc after it became obvious there was a real need in the community for more readily available, accurate information on gastro-oesophageal reflux and its management.

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What is Silent Reflux?

Silent reflux can be very confusing; there may be no obvious signs of gastro-oesophageal reflux (such as vomiting) and the child generally isn’t ‘silent’. Silent reflux refers to refluxed material that flows back into the oesophagus, but isn’t forced out of the mouth. The child may swallow it back down or the stomach contents/stomach acids may not come up the oesophagus far enough to be swallowed.

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What is Silent Reflux?

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Reflux in older children

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Silent reflux can be very confusing; there may be no obvious signs of gastro-oesophageal reflux (such as vomiting) and the child generally isn’t ‘silent’.

Silent reflux refers to refluxed material that flows back into the oesophagus, but isn’t forced out of the mouth. The child may swallow it back down or the stomach contents/stomach acids may not come up the oesophagus far enough to be swallowed. It has the potential to cause more damage because it can sit in the oesophagus longer than if the child vomited.

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These tips are written by reflux parents for the benefit of reflux parents, based on their own experiences.

Different techniques work for different refluxers so trial and error is needed to identify any that may help you. They may work for refluxers and silent refluxers alike. If you have any concerns, please discuss these with your child’s doctor or Child Health Nurse.

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Parents should always seek medical advice if they are worried in any way about their infant, or themselves. In relation to gastro-oesophageal reflux, parents should especially seek medical advice if their infant or child...

  • is very irritable, cries excessively or is inconsolable
  • appears to be in pain
  • does not sleep well and is easily disturbed
  • has weight loss or poor weight gain
  • develops hoarseness
  • appears to be refluxing frequently

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These tips are written by reflux parents for the benefit of reflux parents, based on their own experiences. They are of a general nature only, and are not meant to replace specific medical advice.

They may help you to overcome the enormous amount of stress created by caring for a baby with ‘reflux’, but if you have any concerns, please discuss these with your doctor or Child Health Nurse.

Don’t expect that you have all the answers from the beginning - it is a really steep learning curve, and chances are you did not know much about reflux before you had your child.

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