GORD (reflux) Conference

What a fabulous day. I enjoyed listening to some amazingly knowledgable people at the inaugural RISA conference at the Brisbane Convention Centre. The conference entitled, “Infant Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease and its Complications” was a wealth of information regarding this disease that is surprisingly common in children. As many as 8% of children are affected and an even higher percentage of infants – possibly even as high as 20%. These children live with pain and discomfort and a variety of other ┬áproblems every day of their lives. The families who live with this are under immense stress trying to manage a child that does not feed or sleep well. These children are also more likely to have co-occurring allergies further impacting on the stress levels of their families. So, seeing as you weren’t all at the conference I thought I would just share with you a gem or two from each speaker! Professor Geoffrey Cleghorn (Paediatric Gastroenterologist). “Often the symptoms of GORD, especially in infants, are indistinguishable from food intolerance.” He also shared a wealth of information regarding the medical management of GORD, especially medication options and their associated evidence base. Professor Pete Smith (Paediatric Immunologist). “The rate of cow’s milk protein intolerance in children a few decades ago was approximately 3%, it is now approximately 22%.” He outlined the different biochemical processes involved in intolerance and allergy and provided useful treatment recommendations. Dr Richard Muir (Paediatric Gastroenterologist). “In Eosinophillic Oesophagitis air and food allergens seem to drive the inflammation and fibrosis”. This condition which affects approximately 2 in 10,000 people is a debilitating and painful disease that affects the...