National Infant and Child Gastric Reflux Awareness Week 2022 – 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.

This year our Awareness Week theme is “We hear you”. In December we launched the Infant and Child GORD Diagnosis and Experience Survey NZ 2021. A very similar survey was performed in 2006. The survey was a chance for our members and wider community to voice their experiences whilst seeking diagnosis and support for their reflux infant or child. During this year’s awareness week we will be sharing the results with both the medical community and the public, providing a platform for our families to be heard. 

We are encouraging our members to themselves spread awareness within their communities in creative ways, with prizes available. So often our families feel unheard, and while Gastric Reflux is normal in many cases the experiences of our families often feels anything but normal. We want to acknowledge our families experiences and let them know “We hear you.”

We will distribute our Awareness Week posters to DHB’s, GP’s, Plunket, and other health professionals, and bookmarks to selected libraries, to allow our services to reach those who most need it. Please contact us for posters or bookmarks.

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 Facebook 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 Disorders, those with feeding issues and our 13yr+ group.

We hold online coffee groups and help facilitate face to face meetups which allow our families to connect with others within their community.

We distribute care packages to members during hospital stays. These provide the infants and children with small toys and activities to help keep them entertained during their stay as well as Kiwi Parent magazine, featuring a reflux article we contributed to, and, a bar of chocolate for the caregiver. The child also receives a “Reflux Super Star” certificate, acknowledging their strength and resilience on this part of their journey.

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, 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.

We kindly ask you follow these guidelines while promoting National Infant and Child Gastric Reflux Awareness Week

Please see our Facebook page for posts that can be shared:

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