Mum on a mission: Dorota Dyk’s Medapti

There’s something so inspiring about seeing a Mum take an everyday challenge, spin an idea and make it happen. That’s why I’m supporting Dora – a Mum on a mission, hoping to make a real go of her ingenious product and see it change lives. I’ve had my own battles with administering medicine to my kids – pondering over whether I even need to give it is the start of the battle! I’m handing over, Dragons Den style to Dora, and hoping that she gets the break she deserves…


Giving medicine to babies can be a real struggle to a lot of parents and carers. As a mum of two, I myself had a huge problem with it when my children were babies. One was on reflux medication for months and I was always worried about hurting his gums with the hard plastic syringe. My second baby refused to take medicine altogether. It was always a very stressful and upsetting experience for me and my baby. I used to constantly worry that he would become more unwell if I was unable to give him his medication. Every time I looked at his little distressed face or the medicine spilt all over him, me or the floor, I just couldn’t stop thinking: “There has to be a better and safer way!” This is how the idea of MEDAPTI was born. The more I researched, the more I realised that I was not the only one who had this problem. Here are some examples of other parents’ struggles:

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.

She hates the amoxicillin and it’s so hard to get her to take it without crying and that always had me scared she would inhale it. 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! She was gagging and choking so I turned her and tilted her down and was patting her back and she ended up vomiting it all back out and coughing. Scariest ten seconds of my life!!

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.

There are many medicine dispensers out on the market: soft syringes, dummy dispensers, syringe bottles and many more but in my opinion, none are safe or effective enough. Some can make your baby choke, some are too messy, some too difficult to use, some are not suitable for babies that don’t take dummies or bottles, some simply ineffective. In my case, medicine dummy helped but because my baby was never really interested in dummies, he wouldn’t suck it. Therefore, the only way I could use it was to press the plunger to dispense the medicine but unfortunately on many occasions I accidently shot it straight down his throat and made him choke. MEDAPTI, although it looks a little bit like a dummy, it works in a different way and can be used with babies that don’t like dummies or bottles. Here are the benefits of my invention:

  • It directs medicine to the cheek which is the safest way as it prevents from choking. This way also helps to avoid taste buds and makes it harder for a baby to spit the medicine out which in result minimises the risk of baby taking an incorrect dose.
  • It helps to keep the syringe in baby’s mouth even if the baby is moving around or refusing to take the medicine, which also minimises the risk of baby taking an incorrect dose.
  • It is soft, protecting baby’s mouth and gums.
  • It is simple and mess free.
  • It only requires the use of one hand when dispensing the medicine, leaving you with a free hand to hold your baby.


What do others think about MEDAPTI?

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!

I am very proud of how far I got with the development of my invention. I really believe that MEDAPTI could help many people. Not just parents and carers of babies but also disabled and elderly. The fact that I gained interest from health professionals in hospitals like Great Ormond Street Hospital, Alder Hay and Sheffield shows that there is an issue with giving medicine to babies and children. So is my latest guest blog post which was featured by a mum blogger whose daughter was born with half a working heart. She said MEDAPTI would have really helped when her baby was born. It’s very moving to think that my invention could help those babies that need extra medication. 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.

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