National Infant and Child Gastric Reflux Awareness Week 2020 – 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 or spilling in Infants is considered normal.  Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) occurs when Gastric Reflux causes some sort of complication which may include feeding difficulties, growth issues, respiratory issues or pain. 

Due to the impact of Covid-19, Awareness Week 2020 will be run on a virtual platform and we have not printed our usual posters for distribution and display.  Instead we ask that you promote our National Infant and Child Gastric Reflux Awareness Week via your social media pages, websites and newsletters.  (Please Contact Us if you would like posters as we do have a small supply.)

This year our theme is ‘Connections”. In the current Covid-19 environment it is more important than ever that our families feel connected. National Infant and Child Gastric Reflux Awareness Week 2020 aims to encourage connections between Whānau, friends and our community as a whole. We will have educational webinars on baby massage and mindfulness sessions for our parents as well as socially interactive competitions.

Who are we? And, what do we provide?

Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ provides a supportive online forum where safe information and support can be shared. We have a number of private Face Book groups that allow our families to grow connections and support networks with others on similar journeys both within their region and Nationally. We also have individual groups for Laryngomalacia, Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disordersthose with feeding issues and our 13yr+ group.

We offer phone support on our 0800 number which allows families to be heard and understood while being taught tips to manage their child’s condition and their own emotional wellbeing. We are also contactable via our website and Facebook Page making us accessible to all areas of your community.

Our Website www.cryingoverspiltmilk.co.nz, which is HONcode certified endeavours to provide safe and up to date information to our families and greater community on Gastric Reflux and its associated conditions, as well as management techniques.  We welcome contributions from health professionals to keep this up to date and improve this.

We offer free membership to families and provide ongoing support with no financial obligation allowing our service to be accessed by all.

Who am I?  Where is Roslyn?

My name is Jenny and I am really excited to have taken on the role of National Coordinator starting in January 2020. Roslyn, who was National Coordinator from 2013 to 2020 remains with us as a Trustee. First and foremost, I am a Mother to two boys. My youngest was diagnosed with gastric reflux disease, Laryngomalacia and aspiration and dysphagia at 6 weeks of age whilst in hospital for respiratory issues which resulted in a stay in ICU. Shortly after I became a member of the GRSNNZ network. I was so grateful to connect with other families will similar stories and gain support and practical management tips around my son’s conditions. I am loving my new role and the opportunity to give back to the community that supported me during some challenging times. Roslyn leaves large shoes to fill but continues to assist me in the role.

We kindly ask you follow these guidelines while promoting National Infant and Child Gastric Reflux Awareness Week https://www.cryingoverspiltmilk.co.nz/guidelines-for-promoting-national-infant-and-child-gastric-reflux-awareness-week/.

Please see our Facebook page for posts that can be shared: https://www.facebook.com/NationalInfantAndChildGastricRefluxAwarenessWeek/

Jenny Overwater
National Coordinator

Phone/Text 022 585 5935
Phone: 0800 380 517  

Tautoko, Matauranga me te Whakamana i te whānau me ngā tamariki

Support, Education and Empowerment for families and their children