Mums Simple Invention that gained interest in Great Ormand Street Hospital

Dora Dyk
Dora Dyk
My name is Dora, I am a mum of two boys and when they were little, I found it a struggle to give them medicine, especially my second baby. My first son was on reflux medication for a long time and I was always worried about hurting his gums with the hard plastic syringe. I had an even bigger issue with my second baby as he completely refused to take his medication. He would pull away and cry uncontrollably. It was heart breaking to see him so distressed. I felt helpless and used to cry myself a lot of the time because I was so overwhelmed with the whole experience. He either spat the medicine out, was sick on it or the medicine would just end up all over him, me or the floor which meant I never knew how much of it he swallowed. It was always such an upsetting experience for him as well as me. I used to worry all the time that he would become even more unwell if he didn’t get the right dose of medication. I used a medicine dummy which helped as at least I wasn’t worried about hurting his little gums but as he had no interest in dummies, I had to use the plunger and on many occasions accidently shot it too fast down his throat and made him choke. I just couldn’t find a good enough solution. There were so many times when I was walking around the room rocking my baby to calm him down and just couldn’t stop thinking “There has to be a better and safer way!” I started thinking of a solution and the idea of MEDAPTI was born. The more I read into it, the more I realised that there were many parents that had the same problem as me and my invention could really help them.

Here are just some of the issues I came across:

I got the gripe water out and tried to give with syringe, which was a bit of a battle bless him. Suddenly he started choking on the last bit....went so stiff trying to get air, coughing and spluttering eventually.

I tried the sneaky syringe technique. Unfortunately, my baby is able to rotate his head almost 180 degrees so I can't see his mouth let alone stick a syringe in half the time!

I am a pharmacist and found it incredibly difficult with my two (…) Very difficult issue.

When I've had trouble giving her Calpol, it's been because she thrashes her head from side to side, and refuses to have it in her mouth, or just won't swallow and dribbles it back out again.

Well tonight I was giving it to her (in small amounts at a time) and the last amount that I squirted into her mouth made her choke. I was terrified!

I tried pinning her down, but I’m nervous because she fights so hard I’m going to hurt her, plus I really don’t want her taking medicine to be an overly traumatic experience.

The doctor prescribed antibiotics. I've tried giving it by spoon & syringe but it ends up all over & him in tears!

Used the Calpol syringe they supply with the Calpol and my 9week old choked and wasn't taking a breath for about 40seconds. It was horrible and my stomach sank felt physically sick!!! It’s very stiff and ended up squirting all the liquid into her mouth.

A nurse at hospital choked my son by squirting 5ml of medicine straight to the back of his throat he's 7 now and still hates having medicine.

MEDAPTI tackles all of the problems mentioned above. Here is what it does:

It helps to give a correct dosage. If baby pulls away or wriggles, MEDAPTI helps to keep the syringe in baby’s mouth preventing medicine being squirted outside. It directs medicine to the side which avoids taste buds and makes it harder for baby to spit it out.
It prevents choking.  Dispensing medicine to the cheek is a recommended and safest way to administer medicine as it prevents from choking.
It protects from possible injury. Soft material protects baby’s mouth and gums.
It is simple to use. You just slip it on after the syringe has been filled with the correct dose of medication.
It only requires one hand to dispense the medicine. It leaves you with a free hand to hold your baby.
It is compatible with syringes that come with main brand medication for babies.

Some people mistaken MEDAPTI with a medicine dummy. MEDAPTI might look similar but it works in a different way and is suitable for babies that don’t like dummies or bottles.

Some of the opinions I received up to date:

I’m a paediatric nurse and I think this is fab idea and could see us using it on the wards in hospital!

It would be very useful with disabled children.

I wish I had it with my premature baby to give him milk!

I think this is a great idea to be honest. Giving medicine can be quite a traumatic experience all round sometimes!

Oh great, I have one baby who vamps his mouth tightly shut at the sight of any syringe so this would be great!

As a mother of two children both of whom did not like to take medicine I think its very interesting.

I'm a paediatric nurse and think this is brilliant!

I could have used it when I gave birth and needed something for colostrum when I struggled.

Clever idea! The times when I could have used this!

I had problems with 2 of my children. I think it's a great idea and I would have bought it.

I too had problems administering medicine. I think I would have tried something like this if it had been available especially for my first born as I recall looking for all sorts of solutions to the problems I encountered at the time.

That actually looks fantastic!

I think is a great idea to avoid the fight of getting the medicine in and I like that it goes to the cheek.

I used to really struggle getting medicine into my little one when he was younger. In the end I was using the dummies you fill with medicine but he soon cottoned on & refused them too! I would definitely try this, looks a great solution!

100% would buy this. My son will not take his medication, this would help loads.

This would be very handy! My daughter spits out medicine most of the time!

It has been just over four years since I first thought of MEDAPTI and what an exciting journey it has been! With no previous experience in product development, I had to learn it all step by step…intellectual property, design, manufacturing and so many other things! I have to admit, juggling between kids, day job and MEDAPTI project isn’t the easiest thing and we have to make sacrifices as a family but I believe it will be worth it. Fortunately, I have a lot of support and encouragement from my family and friends. My boys, 5 and 7 years old are my biggest fans and my very valuable advisers It is my dream to take them to a supermarket one day and show them MEDAPTI on one of the shelves! They wouldn’t believe it!

I am extremely proud of how far I got with the development of my invention. Articles about MEDAPTI were published in The Sun, The Mirror and second best-selling newspaper in Poland last year. It’s hard to believe sometimes that I turned what was just an idea to something that people talk about and want. The more feedback I get, the more I realise how many people MEDAPTI could help. Not just parents and carers of babies but also disabled and elderly. Something I am especially proud of is the fact that I gained interest from health professionals in hospitals like Great Ormond Street Hospital, Alder Hay and Sheffield. It just shows that there is a need for a product like MEDAPTI. My latest guest blog post which was featured by a mum blogger whose daughter was born with half a working heart is also a proof of that. She said that MEDAPTI would have really helped with giving medication to her baby when she was born. It’s very moving to think that my product idea could help those babies who need extra medication and anyone else who struggles with giving medicine. My MEDAPTI journey has been challenging but absolutely amazing. I loved every minute of it and I am ready to take it to the next level. This is why I need YOUR HELP. I am raising funds on Kickstarter so I can pay for the tooling and produce the first batch of MEDAPTI. Please support this very needed invention and PLEDGE. There are many Rewards to choose from in return for your backing. I will be forever grateful! Let's make it happen!

Here is the link to my campaign where you can see a short video and find out more about me:

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