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...

Proton Pump Inhibitors – an introduction

Secretion of acid by the stomach is a normal function of the body. Acid is secreted by parietal cells found in the stomach lining, involving a mechanism known as the proton pump. Acid in the stomach is useful for breaking down foods, making them easier to digest, and also for helping prevent infection by providing an unfavourable environment for growth of infective organisms.

Book review – What’s Eating Your Child? by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND

This book is simply awesome. Get it and read it. Its available from the RISA library but I thoroughly recommend buying it.

In fact, if you’re a reflux parent, I’d be keeping a copy of this, Reflux Reality and Colic Solved on the shelf. And use the regular baby books to prop up the cot!

Read on for information about alternative treatments to reflux medications, appetite stimulation and long term use of laxatives.

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.

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.

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.

Weird tricks for feed refusers

For some reason there seems to be a tendency toward salty foods for some reflux kids. Salty foods also have the added bonus of making them thirstier for liquids (preferably with some calories in them). This could be because of an electrolyte imbalance because of a loss of bile, but for some reason, some of the following salty foods seem to work when others don’t:

Glenda and Sherryn’s story

Sherryn was not an easy baby, but I thought it was me. She was my first baby and I can remember bawling because I felt like such a failure. Becoming a parent came as a huge shock and although I had desperately wanted children, I felt so inadequate and wondered why everyone else seemed to cope so much easier than I did.