Newsletter May 2013

Welcome to the May edition of RISA News. Its contains lots of great information, feedback from our conference and notice of our June AGM. It also contains, as always, personal stories, book reviews and recipes.

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.

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 [email protected] 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!

Local Groups

RISA has recently been in contact with all of its members, offering to put them in touch with other members in their local area (“local” can be a bit of a stretch in some parts of the country). These are intended to be short catch up groups at someone’s home, local cafe or playground to meet other parents who are going through, or have been through, the same thing. Lots of our parents say they find it hard to attend “normal” parents groups; either because their kids are just to sick or because they feel judged or misunderstood by parents who’ve not experienced a reflux baby or child.

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