How To Solve a Problem Like Spilt Calpol
How To Solve a Problem Like Spilt Calpol
After endless times of Calpol spilled all over her and her unwell baby, Dora, a local mum from Weybridge set out to create a product that will make giving medicine easier.
Hi. I’m Dora, a mum of two boys from Weybridge.
I have been working on a baby product invention for the last seven years, during which I have been through some trials and tribulations to say the least.
It hasn’t been an easy journey, especially while still working and looking after two kids, but I haven’t given up because I believe in my product and I really think it will help many people.
It has also been an incredible journey where I met amazing people, learnt an unbelievable amount of new things and showed my kids that it’s important to dream big, get yourself out of your comfort zone as well as fail but pick yourself up, learn from it and carry on working towards your dream.
The whole idea started when I struggled to give medicine to my children when they 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 the medicine altogether. He would clamp his mouth, pull away, cry uncontrollably and the medicine would normally end up all over him, me or the floor.
My main worries were that he didn’t swallow enough dose or that while trying to administer his medication, the medicine would shoot straight down his throat and make him choke.
I found various products but some were too messy or difficult to use, some were not suitable for babies that don’t like dummies, some directed the medicine straight down the throat, some were simply ineffective.
Every time I looked at my baby’s upset face, I just couldn’t believe that there wasn’t a product to help me. Frustrated, I decided to create one. I started drawing the designs, got the Play-Doh, scissors, and paper out, and started on my journey.
I set to create a simple product to make giving medicine to babies easier.
This is how Medapti was born and here are the benefits of my product:
- Simple – It just slips onto the end of the flat-end oral syringe
- Direct – Helps direct medicine to baby’s cheek, not the centre of baby’s mouth
- Position – Helps keep the syringe in baby’s mouth
- Soft – Soft and gentle on baby’s mouth and gums
- One hand use – You only need one hand to dispense medicine, leaving your other arm free to hold your baby
- Less mess – MEDAPTI reduces spills and leaks, leaving you and your little one mess-free
Fast forward to now, Medapti has gone from my home-made dream to a patented product, gathering interest from many parents, health professionals and children’s hospitals, including Great Ormond Street Hospital.
It has also been featured widely in the British and international media.
MEDAPTI was also been chosen as one of the four finalists in the BPA Concept & Innovation Awards 2019 competition.
It took a long time to get to this point and the journey was far from easy but finally, after 7 years of sweat and tears literally, Medapti is in production and I am currently working on the packaging.
It is unreal to think there is now a physical product which was once just an idea. I cannot explain how surreal it feels. I’ve just launched a crowdfunding campaign, which is giving me the opportunity to pre-sell Medapti. The campaign is supported by NatWest Back Her Business programme, helping women starting their business.
This means that if I get 100 backers and £5000, NatWest will put a further £5000 towards my project, which I desperately need, to finally get the product to market.
I need this campaign to be successful so I can pay for the rest of the production costs, including packaging production and shipping, as well as other important costs like insurance and intellectual property. I am so close now to achieving my dream, which I have worked so hard for during the last 7 years, while still working and raising two kids.
I’m just wondering if anyone would like to support a local mum who is trying to get her product idea to market.
Please have a look on my project page and support if you can, whether it’s a pledge, like or share.
Dorata Dyk (Dora)
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