National Infant and Child Gastric Reflux Awareness Week 2017 – Please Share

National Infant and Child Gastric Reflux Awareness Week 31st May to 6th June

The Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ promotes National Infant and Child Gastric Reflux Awareness Week each year from 31st May to 6th June.

We recognise that Gastric Reflux in Infants is considered common and normal due to immaturity of the sphincter at the top of the stomach.  Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) is relatively rare and occurs when Gastric Reflux causes some sort of complication usually including pain.

However, Gastric Reflux in any form can be a significant stress on a family which is easily compounded by factors such as sleep deprivation, feelings of inadequacy, misguided advice, negative comments and excessive laundry.  If a parent/caregiver is in this “space” they need someone to listen, support and understand.

The good news is that there are families who have lived through Gastric Reflux and are available to support others, share their experiences and who do understand.  On our website there is information and tips.

Tautoko, Matauranga me te Whakamana i te whānau me ngā tamariki
Support, Education and Empowerment for families and their children

National Infant and Child Gastric Reflux Awareness Week Posters and resources are now available to order using this

This year we also have a limited number of bookmarks to giveaway for Awareness Week.  We would particularly like to have these in libraries, but you are welcome to order them whilst stocks last.  (Limit 20 per organisation/area.)

Don't forget the brochures which explain what Gastric Reflux is, a few simple tricks, the support GRSNNZ offers and our contact details.  These are available in packs of ten.

Please see the guidelines for promoting Awareness Week:


Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust


Local/Regional and National Support Network groups are available, and are private to ensure privacy and confidentiality. 

Within the Local Support Networks, members can arrange to meet one-on-one, have group meetings or make contact with each other by phone or email.  Local Support Networks are a great place to share experiences of living with reflux with others who understand.
Private Facebook Groups / Yahoo Mailing Lists are available for each region.

NATIONAL SUPPORT NETWORKS – Private/Secret Facebook Groups
National Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ”
"Laryngomalacia GRSNNZ Support Network"
"Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders GRSNNZ Support Network" - EoE
"Feed GRSNNZ Support Network" - for those living with feeding difficulties, failure to thrive or tube feeding.

Roslyn Ballantyne
National Coordinator         
Phone/Text 022 585 5935
Phone: 0800 380 517

GRSNNZ has a Facebook page that is available to everyone.

These can be viewed and printed from our website,


© Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust
Supporting families coping with Gastric Reflux
or EoE/EGID or Laryngomalacia