RISA’s Administrative Email Group

Input into day to day decision making is often sought from the Administrative Email Group which is a loose collection of volunteers who provide wider opinion than is possible through the smaller executive group on various questions of policy and help with the day to...

International Paediatric Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Awareness Week

Please join us in helping to raise awareness of paediatric gastro-oesophageal reflux and its implications for families.

Paed GORD Awareness Week Download this image and change your cover photo on facebook to help us raise awareness. This is the RISA version of the logo.

Thanks go to Living with Reflux, our UK counterparts, for use of their artwork for the international campaign.

Newsletter March 2013

It’s already proving to be a HUGE year for RISA with our first conference for health care professionals coming up in April in Brisbane. A massive amount of work is going into it and a big, big thanks needs to go to Naomi, Bec, Bianca, Jess and Chrissy for all the hours that have gone into it so far.

RISA’s Conference for Health Care Professionals

The Reflux Infants Support Association Inc (RISA Inc) is very excited to announce that we have organised our first conference for medical professionals to help further promote awareness of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and food allergies and intolerances in infants and children. This conference will coincide with GORD Awareness week and will be held on the 20th of April at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Key Speakers – Paediatric GORD Conference 2013

Professor Pete Smith commenced his medical studies at the University of Tasmania. He went on to specialise in paediatrics in Adelaide, before completing his PhD in molecular immunology with Flinders University. He has worked as an allergy specialist at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, and lectured at the Institute of Child Health, University College London. Today, Pete is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at Griffith University, where he is conducting research into molecular aspects of pain in allergic conditions.

Constipation, Motility Disorders and GORD in Children

Constipation in children is relatively common[1] and can contribute to the severity of reflux episodes.[2][3] Up to 1 in 10 children seek medical attention because of constipation. 3 to 5% of all paediatric outpatient and 25% of all paediatric gastroenterology clinic visits are for constipation.[4] Given that all of the top to tail pipes are connected (entire gastro system), it stands to reason that if the bottom is clogged, there is more pressure on the stomach and an increased likelihood that stomach contents may go up rather than down.

Paediatric GORD medications and how to use them

Medication is NOT the first line of defense in helping a child with GORD, but when you’ve tried all the management strategies under the sun and it’s still not working, your doctor may prescribe one or a combination of the medications listed below.