About Crying Over Spilt Milk / GRSNNZ


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GRSNNZ is committed to provide support and information to families caring for infants and children with gastric reflux throughout NZ.
GRSNNZ offers moral support, coping techniques, and endeavours to provide up to date information.
GRSNNZ intends to support parents to learn skills to cope with infant gastric reflux, and the effects it has on their families and lives.
GRSNNZ’s purpose is to hand back confidence to parents and guardians, and highlight the great work they do at home.
GRSNNZ will provide education to parents, families, communities and health professionals.

GRSNNZ believes that families living with Infant Gastric Reflux have the right to:
Safe up to date Information
Guidance to access community services
Contact with other parents and staff who understand

Phone/Text 022 585 5935
Phone: 0800 380 517

(The most efficient way to speak to one of the Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ staff is to text a message to 022 585 5935. Include your name, phone numbers or email and a brief explanation of why you are contacting us. We will contact you as soon as possible.)

For local support networks nationwide click here

Board of Trustees

Mrs. Nicoll
Mrs. Ballantyne
Mrs. Mackrell-Pearson
Mrs. Devine
Ms. McAlister

Sub Committee

Mrs. Ballantyne
Mrs. Devine

Advisory Forum
*Roslyn Ballantyne, RN, GRSNNZ Researcher, Writer, Website Manager and National Coordinator South Island
*Dr Rodney Ford, Paediatrician, GRSNNZ Medical Reviewer
*Jennifer Howard, Trained Community Karitane, Diploma Natural Therapies, Diploma Child Psychology, Parent Educator/Facilitator for Sport Waikato, GRSNNZ National Coordinator 2001 – 2013
*Rochelle Wilson, GRASP National Co-Coordinator 1995 – 2001, GRSNNZ Researcher and Advisor
*Fiona Kenworthy, Speech-Language Therapist, Child Development, Counties Manukau, Auckland University, Clinical Tutor, GRSNNZ Advisor

Updated September 2013


National Office Staff
National Coordinator
Roslyn Ballantyne

Website Design and Maintenance
Roslyn Ballantyne

Message Board Moderators
Roslyn Ballantyne
GRSNNZ Moderator (appointed)
Facebook Page Moderators
GRSNNZ Board of Trustees

Local Support Networks Supervisor
Roslyn Ballantyne
Local appointed GRSNNZ Members

Mrs. Devine
Roslyn Ballantyne
Mrs. Mackrell-Pearson

Newsletter Editors
Roslyn Ballantyne
GRSNNZ Board of Trustees

To become a member of GRSNNZ please complete this form: GRSNNZ Membership & Confidentiality Agreement Form. Becoming a member of GRSNNZ helps indicate the number of families coping with reflux within New Zealand and the problems or issues encountered. Membership is free.

Newsletters are sent to GRSNNZ members and like the information contained in Crying Over Spilt Milk is prepared for New Zealand residents.


(This website (Crying Over Spilt Milk) belongs to, and is responsible to, the GRSNNZ Board of Trustees.)

Address: www.cryingoverspiltmilk.co.nz

Roslyn Ballantyne
– working part-time as a Registered Nurse (RN), National Coordinator, GRSNNZ and mother of three including one with GORD born in 2000.

The information contained in this site is from a variety of sources including G.R.A.S.P who have given us permission to use and edit their articles to stay relevant with current treatment and knowledge. Please see the source/author for each article, and be aware that many will have been written by parents from their own experience.
The information provided on this site should be considered to support and complement the relationship that exists between a patient and their physician, but not replace it. Information contained here is intended for New Zealand residents, but may be useful for residents of other countries. Please be aware that medication contents and names may differ in other countries, as may recommended treatment.

The original msn website “Infant Gastric Reflux Stories (NZ)” was created in March 2002 when the need for a permanent place for information became apparent to back up the reflux discussion board at “everybody” which had commenced in October 2001. In August 2003 IGRS became part of the Gastric Reflux Support Network New Zealand for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust (GRSNNZ).
February 2004 GRSNNZ registered their own domain name and IGRS moved to www.cryingoverspiltmilk.co.nz making access easier and the address easily remembered by any parent of a baby with gastric reflux. The website has now been renamed Crying Over Spilt Milk to bring it into line with the web address, and is easily recognised by our crying baby. In 2013 the discussion boards at “everybody” were discontinued.  GRSNNZ’s main form of social media is now Facebook.

Crying Over Spilt Milk and GRSNNZ is partially funded by the Lottery Grants Board and other funders, but is also supported by some volunteer hours.  (Please see the Links Page.) Some advertisements may be provided for members’ benefits and in reciprocal agreements.  Advertisements have no influence on the editorial content of Crying Over Spilt Milk and will be labelled as ”Advertisements”.  If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of an advert please use the contact form to advise the Website Manager of this, including the nature of the ad.

Gastric Reflux Association For The Support Of Parents/Babies (GRASP) was a support group that has ceased to operate and was a great source of information and support from people who had experience in this area. When GRASP closed in May 2001 they forwarded a pack to health professionals to help them support and inform families with babies/children with gastro-oesophageal reflux. GRSNNZ has since taken over some of the previous role of GRASP.

Written by Roslyn Ballantyne, National Coordinator and GRSNNZ Board of Trustees for © Crying Over Spilt Milk Gastric Reflux Support Network New Zealand for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust 2013 to 2015.

  • We hit 3000 Facebook Page likes yesterday, but I'm not sure if Susannah Taylor or Kelly Dunlea was the 3000th like. We would like to send you both a little something when our supplies arrive in a couple of weeks. Kellly, I already have your address. Susannah, can you please message me yours? If someone knows Susannah can you please let her know? Wahoo, what a milestone!

  • There is also some recent medical research out along the same lines. I'll post the review article in the comments. Skip to the last page and the take home messages to decide if you want to read it. <a href="http://www.littletreasuresmag.co.nz/sensory-pleasures/?utm_source=Ubiquity&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Little%20Treasures&utm_content=Sensory%20Pleasures%20-%20Read%20more&quot; rel="nofollow">http://www.littletreasuresmag.co.nz/sensory-pleasures/?utm_source=Ubiquity&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Little%20Treasures&utm_content=Sensory%20Pleasures%20-%20Read%20more</a&gt;

    Bath time is a lovely, splashy affair for little ones and a comforting signal to parents that bedtime is not too far away, and now research shows just how

  • And another one from Postnatal Depression Awareness Week. Sorry, that I'm a few weeks behind on my emails, but at least the information is still relevant: <a href="http://www.littletreasuresmag.co.nz/need-talk/?utm_source=Ubiquity&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Little%20Treasures&utm_content=We%20need%20to%20talk%20-%20Read%20more&quot; rel="nofollow">http://www.littletreasuresmag.co.nz/need-talk/?utm_source=Ubiquity&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Little%20Treasures&utm_content=We%20need%20to%20talk%20-%20Read%20more</a&gt;


  • <a href="http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1511/S00008/mothering-myths&quot; rel="nofollow">http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1511/S00008/mothering-myths</a&gt;. - htm - sorry, I think I may have missed the week.

    The most risky time to become mentally unwell is after having a baby. Thirteen per cent of women in New Zealand suffer from Postnatal Depression with 20% suffering from anxiety during and after pregnancy*. Postnatal Depression Awareness Week is ...

  • Sorry for the long post but in desperate need of advice from people with experience. My baby girl is 10wks old today and from 1.5weeks old been medicated for reflux, first just Gaviscon, then added Rhanitadine. Doc upped the dose until we were on the max dose and it still didnt make a difference so doc switched to Omeprazole liquid, upping the dose every couple of weeks and still doing Gaviscon. Baby is still super uncomfortable, spilling (more like vomiting out of nose and mouth and it keeps going like she is vomiting not a 'normal' spill, freaks her out big time) after almost every feed (before we started meds it was after every feed, so have seen some improvement) and i can smell the acidity. She has diarrhea quite often and have had blood in her stools 3-4 times. Doc said today that shes out of ideas :-( She did prescribed us Pepti Junior to try and dropped Omeprazole to once a day. My baby is so tired, she wants to sleep but keeps wriggling and grizzling, just cant get comfortable so would really appreciate advice. We do all the usual stuff like having her elevated etc. *Reposting as had to delete other post to edit :-)

  • Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ shared Motivational and Inspirational Quotes's photo.

  • Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ shared Inspiring and Positive Quotes's photo.

    Thank you to all those strong parents out there who help out in this page!

    Inspiring and Positive Quotes <3

  • My baby is 7 weeks . she has low weight gain and doesn't feed well and has &quot;silent&quot; reflux. She is very gassy as She is currently on karicare gold + and lady from peads has suggested I try normal karicare infant and see how she goes till she sees us. But I've done some research and reviews are saying aptamil gold HA . any advice suggestions? I'm going to use gaviscon in the mean time .

  • can i post a question, why does nobody seem to answer reflux questions. Why can't the doctors help the mothers? my baby is 5 months old, we have run every possible test, gone through a lot. He does not sleep at night, wakes up 5 times. on the best most expensive milk. He is eating. Still wakes up. I don't understand, i cant go on like this, i look like a Zombie. make mistakes because i am so tired. gone to a Chiro, tested kidneys, the list is just never ending, seen several Peads. no luck. Surely in this day and age somebody out there knows what to do with reflux babies, seems every second mom i meet, has a reflux baby with no answers. And dont tell me it will get better, when, i need sleep.

  • Hey ladies. How do i know if my baby has reflux??? What are the signs?? My little girl (4weeks) spills quite often but not too often..? She just doesn't sleep in the day? Literally all day... Unless being held and up right.. Doesn't sleep well at night either unless up right on my chest? Hellllp. Shes breastfed.

  • For anyone who was confused by the information given on the news last night, this came through in my emails today: <a href="http://www.health.govt.nz/news-media/media-releases/childhood-obesity&quot; rel="nofollow">http://www.health.govt.nz/news-media/media-releases/childhood-obesity</a&gt; so direct from the Ministry of Health rather than the media's interpretation.

  • There is a new question about sleep by Stephanie to the page. Does anyone want to share their experiences and help her out? Have a look at her question.

  • Hi :) can anyone please tell me their experiences with sleep training a reflux baby/teaching bub to self soothe?

  • The Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ's newsletter was out yesterday. There is some information in it about the BreastFedNZ app and also about how to join your Support Networks. If you are not a member and would like to receive the newsletter or have access to a Local Support Network or a Network for support on Feeding issues, Laryngomalacia or EGID / EoE, please complete a membership form: <a href="http://www.reflux.cryingoverspiltmilk.co.nz/grsnnz-membership-confidentiality-agreement-form/&quot; rel="nofollow">http://www.reflux.cryingoverspiltmilk.co.nz/grsnnz-membership-confidentiality-agreement-form/</a&gt;

    Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ for Parents of Infants & Children Charitable Trust Membership & Confidentiality Agreement Form First Name: Last Name: Email Address: Street Address: City/Town: Area: Auckland Canterbury Gisborne Hawkes Bay Marlborough Nelson Northland Otago Southland Taranaki...

  • Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ shared Judy Arnold - Infant and child Consultant's photo.

    Judy is having a question and answer session today?? Head over to her page.

    It must be time for another question and answer time. Tomorrow afternoon 1 pm-2.30 pm. This is your opportunity to ask me questions. Spread the word,,,

  • Vikky Wintersgill-Taylor I used this page hundreds of times for help ya might get some tips x

  • Questions, questions...more people have posted questions on our page. Help me out and share your experiences. :-)

  • Does anyone with a baby with silent reflux use infacol as well as rhuger? I used rhuger for my first child but doesn't seem to be helping as much woth number 2 I just like that was its natural, rhuger has helped a bit but he's spilling up more now for some reason (10weeks old) advise appreciated ☺

  • Hi guys how do you feed your reflux babies? Do you find it best to let the baby drink the milk in 2-3 goes or do you find it best to have larger 20 minutes breaks?

  • Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ looking for answers.

    Hi everyone - there are more questions to the page that you might be able to share your experience around.

  • Hi. Have a question for any parents who have used zantac to control silent reflux. Baby is responding really well to it but almost 3 weeks in it seems to be causing a bit if constipation. Have just started using coloxyl drops for that but I suspect it is making the reflux worse , has anyone noticed this with these two medications ? And are there any alternatives that you have found work well for constipation ? Baby is 8 weeks old . Thanks in advance 😊

  • Hi all. My lil(literally) 9 weeks old bubba born 2.1kgs at 37 weeks *iugr baby* has been diagnosed with GORD and has cyanotic/apnea episodes from it. He is on omeprazole, gaviscon and pepti junior but all these doesnt seem to help much and he still has these cyanotic episodes randomly (awake or asleep). He was admitted to the kids ward at waitakere hospital when he was 2 weeks old. Hubs and i resorted in taking turns in staying up taking care of him at night as he needs constant supervision. These episodes happen very silently and randomly so we dont know when it will happen or when it happens.. We also have 2 older toddlers.. anyway anyone else went through/going through the same thing? Should we bring bubs back to his gp? how do you get seen by a specialist?

  • ... And more posts to the page. :-)

  • Hi there, does anyone have experience/success with getting their baby allergy tested? I went to a herbalist on recommendation of a friend. He tested me for intolerances and as a result I am now on a strict dairy/gluten/yeast/egg/soy and corn free diet ($430 poorer and starving...the herbs have done nothing). I've been dairy and gluten free since miss 3 months was diagnosed with GERD at 3 weeks but I'm sure there is more to it as her poos are full of mucous and she is still in pain dispite being medicated. Any suggestions? :)

  • What is someone called who specialises in GERD? What kind of specialist are they? I think it's time for us to delve further into this issue that my 3.5 year old is dealing with. Recommendations appreciated. We are CHCH based. :) Will obviously go through my GP but nice to know if there is anyone in particular who is great? Thanks in advance!