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...

Baby won’t eat – Is reflux the cause?

Guest post by Rowena Bennett I feel for babies who suffer from ‘acid reflux’. Pain associated with untreated acid reflux can cause babies to display long periods of inconsolable crying, wakefulness leading to sleep deprivation, and distressed and avoidant feeding...

Claire and Henry’s story

One of our admin members, Claire Wigley, shares her reflux journey. Tell us a bit about you and your family I’m a first time mum to twin boys born at 32 weeks. They’re 20 months corrected now, and getting cheekier by the day. My partner Ed is in the Navy. I’m...

Food allergies/intolerances and feeding your toddler!

So my son cannot have dairy, soy, gluten, egg … what on earth do I feed him!? This is a question faced by many parents who have infant and toddler ‘refluxers’, as food can often be the culprit for a reflux flare and cutting out gluten, dairy, soy, and/or egg from their diet can sometimes help (AND there may be other foods that need to be avoided too!). Food allergies show on allergy tests but there are no skin or blood tests for food intolerance and both can cause symptoms of reflux in susceptible children

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.

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!

Dummy (pacifier) use

While dummy use is often controversial as they have known advantages and disadvantages, some infants with reflux seem to benefit from using a dummy. Dummy use is a personal choice and this may be one option you could consider. There is no evidence to suggest you should not use a dummy; however, you may like to discuss this option with your doctor or child health nurse.