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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 reflux can be extremely stressful and you may find yourself on an emotional rollercoaster ride. Your experience and emotions can be perfectly normal for your situation and this is where the Reflux Infants Support Association (RISA) Inc can help. Learn more below, browse our articles, information and reach out for support.

Calls for earlier diagnosis of infant reflux, more research, and more support

RISA says there is a need for better diagnostic guidelines for infant reflux and improved emotional and psychological support for parents, as a delay in diagnosis of infant reflux could often cause further health problems for young children, including feeding and speech issues. Parents midst of an infant reflux struggle, are urged not to give up.

Survey Results are in!

In June 2016, the Reflux Infants Support Association surveyed more than 500 parents about their experience caring for an infant with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) in the first twelve months of life. The results were concerning.

What is Reflux?

The word reflux means to flow back or return; ‘gastro’ is a term related to the stomach; and ‘oesophageal’ relates to the oesophagus (food pipe). Following this, the term ‘gastro-oesophageal reflux’ is where stomach contents (comprising food and stomach acid) flow back into the oesophagus.

Do you need the Reflux Bible?

Reflux Reality: A Guide for Families, is the book for you.

Do you need support and advice?

Would you like to meet other parents of children suffering from reflux?

RISA – Supporting Dads too

The strain of raising a child with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is real and does not just affect mums, it affects dads too.

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Unsettled babyWhat is Silent Reflux?

The strain of raising a child with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is real and does not just affect mums, it affects dads too.

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President’s Management Committee Report 2017

Read our outgoing President’s

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Kids reflux – the facts and the stats

Kids reflux – the facts and the stats

Did you know:

1. Reflux affects up to 8% of children and a higher % of infants
2. Some estimates put it as high as 1 in 5 babies
3. It is estimated that 65‐85% of premmie babies suffer with GORD
4. In 2005 there were 259,800 births in Australia
5. Over 34,000 babies are likely to suffer with reflux in Australia
each year

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Executive Committee as of 2019 Annual General Meeting

Following the Annual General Meeting held on Sunday 28th July, the 2019 RISA Executive Committee is confirmed: President – Hayley Sandford Vice-president – Carla Cram Secretary –  Bronwyn Peters Treasurer – Danielle Fisher   Management Committee: Crystal West,...

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Raechel and Lizzie’s story

One of our admin members, and RISA librarian, Raechel McLucas, shares her reflux journey. My name is Raechel. I’m now a mum of 3 primary school aged children, work 2 days a week as a research officer at Autism Queensland, and I’ve just started a research Masters...

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