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MEDAPTI – safer and more effective way to give medicine to babies.

  • Do you worry that the medicine will make your baby choke?
  • Does your baby refuse to take the medication?
  • Does your baby spit the medicine out?
  • Do you worry about hurting your baby’s gums?
  • Do you find yourself squirting the medicine on the floor instead of your baby’s mouth?

I am a mum of two boys and when they were little, my answer to all five questions was ‘Yes’!

When they were babies, giving them medicine was a real struggle. 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 such a distressing experience for me and my baby and a big worry that he would become more unwell if I was unable to give him his medication. There were so many times when I was walking round the room, rocking my upset baby, crying myself on many occasions and each time I couldn’t stop thinking: “There has to be a better and safer way!” This is when I started thinking of a solution and MEDAPTI was born. 

 

* Syringe is not the part of MEDAPTI.
* Syringe is not the part of MEDAPTI.

The more I researched, the more I realised that I was not the only one who struggled with giving medicine. 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 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. I now have an older one who I can reason with and he will take the medicine himself with persuasion. I would have to hold them down firmly. One arm behind my back, other arm held firmly in my hand then use other hand to put syringe into the very back of the cheek at an angle (...) 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!”

“I tried pinning her down, but I’m nervous because she fights so hard im 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 9 week old choked and wasn't taking a breath for about 40 seconds. It was horrible and my stomach sank felt physically sick!!! Its very stiff and ended up squirting all the liquid into her mouth. A lot of patting and blowing on her face she finally took a breath.”

“Neither of mine have choked etc (thankfully!) but my youngest threw up violently after I had given him a dose with one of the syringes provided with the medicine...think it hit the back of his throat too hard and made him vomit!”

“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 fifteen types of medicine dispensers: soft syringes, dummy dispensers, syringe bottles and many more which also proves that there is an issue with giving medicine to babies. I tried many dispensers myself but found none to be safe or effective enough for me. 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. MEDAPTI tackles all of these issues.

How does MEDAPTI make it safer and more effective to give medicine?

  • 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.

Here are some examples of feedback I received:

“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!”

“Great product!! Well done.”

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

“Could have done with this last week! Great idea.”

“ 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!”

“This is great. Would love to stock it when ready, so keep in touch.” 

I received a very positive feedback from mums as well as health professionals. I contacted the NIHR funded TITCH (Technology and Innovation Transforming Child Health) who have a national paediatric network of clinicians, specialist nurses and other health professionals. Through their network I gained some real interest and traction in MEDAPTI. This has the possibility of leading to collaborations with professionals at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Alder Hey and Sheffield Children’s Hospitals. Articles about MEDAPTI were published in the Mirror, the Sun, second best selling newspaper in Poland, Kielce Technology Park, Polish Association for the Support of Entrepreneurship and other various websites. There has been a lot of interest around my product concept.

It has been just over four years since I first thought of MEDAPTI and it has been an incredibly exciting and challenging journey. I loved every minute of it! Here is a quick glimpse at how it all went and what's coming.

I have a clear vision for MEDAPTI and have plenty of ideas of how I can expand it in the future. I know that MEDAPTI will not only become a must-have baby care item but a hospital tool, helping to dispense medicine to babies, premature infants, disabled and elderly. I believe MEDAPTI will change the way that medicine is being administered forever. I am determined to make giving medicine safer and easier.

I am very proud of how far I got with the development of my invention. I loved every minute of turning an idea to where MEDAPTI is now but I am ready to take it to the next level. This is why I need YOUR HELP. I am raising funds so I can pay for the tooling, produce the first batch of MEDAPTI and carry out all necessary safety testing. Please PLEDGE. I will be forever grateful! Let's make it happen!

 

This is for illustration only. Please read full details in Rewards Section.
This is for illustration only. Please read full details in Rewards Section.

 

Risks and challenges

I have researched and dealt with a lot of manufacturers and found the one that I have full confidence in. The manufacturer is ready to start as soon as I give them a go ahead. The prototype that I have at the moments was made by 'hand-made' method and different materials were used compared to what the final product will be. The prototype performs all the core functions but is not strong enough. Both the designer and manufacturer do not see the issue with the strength of the product once the final product is manufactured in the factory. It only means that the appearance of the guard of MEDAPTI might slightly differ from the prototype you see in the video and photos. The final product will be produced in the clean room and only medical grade materials will be used to ensure the highest quality. I am confident that I will be able to deliver MEDAPTI as a reward to the backers as promised.

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    Thank you for believing in MEDAPTI!

    Thank you! Your pledge brings me closer to making MEDAPTI a reality. Your name will appear on 'Backers Wall of Fame' - every backer will forever be an important piece of MEDAPTI's journey.

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    MEDAPTI

    1 MEDAPTI. Congratulations! You will get to experience the benefits of MEDAPTI before the general public at discounted price.

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    Everyone needs a handy First Aid Bag!

    First Aid Kit with the zip bag. You never know when you might need it!
    Contains: 1 pair of scissors, 3 pad bandages, 1 roll of cotton, 2 cleaning tissues, 5 adhesive bandages, 1 roll of tape and 6 cotton buds.
    Dimensions: 100 x 65 x 37mm.

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    Recording of my special event.

    I will email you the recording of 'How to turn a product idea into a reality' event: Myself and my special guests, Cara Sayer - SnoozeShade and Kirstin Hancock - Pacif-i, successful product inventors selling their products on an international scale, will be sharing our journeys of developing a product. You will also get to watch the Q&A session, which will hopefully answer some questions you might have yourself.

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    MEDAPTI + a handy First Aid Bag!

    Congratulations! You will get to experience the benefits of MEDAPTI before the general public at discounted price as well as own a handy First Aid Kit with the zip bag. You never know when you might need it! It contains: 1 pair of scissors, 3 pad bandages, 1 roll of cotton, 2 cleaning tissues, 5 adhesive bandages, 1 roll of tape and 6 cotton buds.
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    Meet me&my special guests! *Early Bird*

    Celebrate the success of my campaign by joining me and two special guests at 'How to turn a product idea into a reality' event. Special guests include: Cara Sayer - SnoozeShade and Kirstin Hancock - Pacif-i, successful product inventors selling their products on an international scale. The guests and I will be sharing our journeys of developing a product, which will then be followed by a Q&A session for you guys to ask anything you like. You'll have the opportunity to chat to us about our business and our inspiration as well as get some invaluable tips from the two experts.
    Location: 4th Floor Studios, 255 - 259 Commercial Rd, East London, E1 2BT
    Date: 26th of April, 2017 10am-12pm.
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    Champagne Afternoon Tea in The Shard!

    VIP tickets to join my special guests and I for a Champagne Afternoon Tea in Aqua Shard after 'How to turn a product idea into a reality' event. You will also enjoy the front row seats at the event (event included in this reward). I will also arrange the transport from the event venue to The Shard.

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    Date: 26th of April, 2017, 1pm - 3pm.

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    Your baby will be MEDAPTI's little star!

    Your baby (up to 2 years old) will be featured in the first ever commercial photo shoot for MEDAPTI! It will appear on our website and across the social media.
    Location of the photo shoot: London. Date to be agreed with the participants after the campaign.
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    Travel and accommodation not included.

    You will also receive 1 MEDAPTI :-).

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    Choose the color of MEDAPTI!

    I will send you the palette of colours that are suitable for manufacture and you will be the one to choose the colour for the first ever batch of MEDAPTI, Kickstarter special. (Please note that the coloured part will be the rim on the edge of the guard, not the whole product).
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