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...

RISA – Supporting Dads

Are you a dad of a reflux baby, child or children? Feeling tired, frustrated, guilty or helpless? You are not alone. The strain of raising a child with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is real and does not just affect mums, it effects dads too. The RISA...

Sarah & Harrison’s Story

I have two little boys who mean the world to both my husband and I, they are our everything and yes this sounds clichéd but I cannot imagine our life without them. They are both our little IVF miracles and we still can’t believe just how lucky we are.

Jess, Belle and Jordan’s Story FINAL UPDATE

Looking back, I can see that I wrote our story for the RISA newsletter back in 2009 when Arabella was 18 weeks old, and again in 2012 when she was three years old. She’s now five years old, and I’m 99% sure that our journey is complete and behind us. So...

Janet & Charlie’s Story

Charlie arrived at 31.2 weeks weighing in at 1.3kg. His parents were a 17 year old girl and 15 year old boy. Charlie was born with haemolytic influenza (a type of bacteria). By 3 weeks of age he started taking small amounts of formula via nasogastric tube (NGT, a...

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