Newsletter December 2012

Merry Christmas!

Welcome to the Christmas edition of RISA Inc News! And what a year it’s been. We’ve got lots to celebrate this year. Read more…

Surviving the Christmas Season with Kids with Food Allergies

Christmas can be difficult with family members and friends suggesting that your child should be able to have a “treat” in the form of a high-risk allergy food. Read on for some suggestions of how to best manage the stress of food allergy this festive season.

Welcome

Welcome to our the Christmas edition of RISA Inc News! And what a year it’s been. We’ve got lots to celebrate this year.

We’ve supported more parents on their reflux journey than ever before with our membership numbers increasing to 320 – a 33% jump in 5 months, a Facebook page which, though it only started in March this year now has over 1,100 ‘likers’ and growing.

Surviving the Christmas Season with kids and allergies

Christmas can be a difficult time of the year for those of us with food allergies. Typically Australians love to indulge and most Christmas celebrations are centred on food. Christmas also can be difficult with family members and friends suggesting that your child should be able to have a “treat” in the form of a high-risk allergy food. Please find below some suggestions of how to best manage the stress of food allergy this festive season.

RISA Christmas Offers

Membership + Book Offer: Until the end of December, RISA is offering membership and Reflux Reality: A Guide for Families by Glenda Blanch for $60. Best Christmas present for a reflux parent ever! Buy now. You can also purchase Reflux Reality on its own from RISA for $24.95. Just email info@reflux.org.au or go to the Join Us page for more details.

Christmas Baby Photo Competition

This time of year always yields some funny photos – particularly with reluctant trips to visit the Big Man in the Red Suit… We’re looking for some pics of your cuties to pop into the next newsletter to remind us that all of these little people are real, growing, happy; and sometimes sad little people. Some of us don’t have many pics of happy faces so they’re all that more precious!

Conference Report – October 2012

The presenters were two of our members, Dr Naomi Farragher and Jessica Tovey, and they spoke for over an hour on GORD and associated conditions, including the personal impact on families. The presentation was very well received, with excellent feedback. Staff found lots of the information new to them, and many approached the presenters after and discussed how they would use the information to inform and change their practice with families. A few attendees also purchased copies of “Reflux Reality: A Guide for Families” by Glenda Blanch, so that they could read further on the topic.

Chrissy and Evie’s Story

My daughter, Evie is 3 and a half years old. This is her (medical) story. Evie was born in June 2009. Right from the beginning it was a rocky start. My milk failed to come in adequately and she failed to gain weight. We had to give her formula or we would be staying in hospital. I battled on trying everything to increase supply and meanwhile, supplementing so that she gained weight. At about 5 weeks, she became VERY unhappy. She cried for almost every waking moment for 3 days. The only thing that stopped her crying that weekend was me breastfeeding her (although I think she was using me more as a dummy) and walking her around outside, talking to her and holding her very upright.

Fran, Carmen and Flynn’s Story

My name is Fran, and I have two children, Carmen and Flynn.

My pregnancy with Carmen was a fun one. I followed all the ‘rules’ regarding eating, chemicals and the works. I had to give up work fairly early into my pregnancy as I had incredibly bad exhaustion, fluid retention and all-day sickness. Pretty good start to that beautiful glowing pregnancy that all those books rave about. I have a bicronate uterus and she turned breech at 32 weeks: one foot under her chin and one in my pelvis, apparently a less than two percent chance of this happening!

Lucas and Lisa’s story

My journey to become a mum was a long one. My husband and I had been trying for a baby for over 3 years and eventually had to embark on the emotional and expensive journey of fertility treatment. After four attempts at Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) (resulting in one pregnancy, which miscarried early) we were advised to try IVF. We had high hopes of IVF working as we had fallen pregnant on our third IUI, and the fact that I got pregnant was a good sign. On the day of egg pick up 21 eggs were retrieved, only 18 were mature.