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.

The Positive Impact of Comforting your Difficult to Settle Baby

We wanted to tell you about a wonderful article drawn to our attention by one of our lovely RISA members, titled My Baby Cries Too by Tracy Cassels from Evolutionary Parenting, a parenting website out of the US. We’ve linked to this article with permission of the writer and would encourage you to browse this excellent site if you get a chance.

Christmas Photo Competition Winners 2012

Congratulations to the following three mums and bubs for winning their categories! Each received a copy of Reflux Reality (or Colic Solved where they already had the first one!). Thanks to everyone else who entered. We had a fantastic response and a very tricky time picking the winners!! But here they are:

Indoor activities for rainy days

The recent rainy weather in Queensland and New South Wales inspired a Facebook post for suggestions for rainy day indoor activities. Those ideas (plus a few more) are below! Enjoy!

Reflux and Sleep

This article should probably be titled ‘Reflux and Lack of Sleep’, as many refluxers experience both day and night time sleeping problems. Indeed lack of sleep is one of the main causes of distress for parents of refluxers and can put immense strain on your relationship with your child, partner, family and friends. It is helpful to start by clarifying what is ‘normal’ sleep behaviour and I use that term quite loosely, as every child is very different.

Feed refusers – strategies and options

Managing a feed refuser can be a tough assignment and quite exhausting work. And everyone has their bit of advice to give. Its made that bit more tricky with kids who are also allergic or intolerant to a variety of foods so please take all of these hints and tips with a grain of salt and consult your doctors / dieticians and other medical professionals with regard to new foods that might be an issue for your child. Please also take into consideration the developmental milestones of your child.

RISA Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who responded to our survey. Approximately 25% of our members responded so it was a good sample and has given us some food for thought.

Overwhelmingly the response to all our key services was positive with some useful feedback to point us toward improvements.