MEDAPTI is a family-oriented business created by Dora Dyk. After medicine time became distressing with one of her young boys, Dora set out to create a product that would make giving medicine to babies easy and worry-free.

The birth of MEDAPTI

My name is Dora, and I am a mum of two wonderful boys who are the inspiration and drive behind MEDAPTI.

When my boys were little, medicine time was a struggle, to say the least. My first son was on reflux medication for good few months and every time I had to put the hard-plastic syringe in his mouth, I would worry. I had this tiny, delicate baby in front of me and I was anxious that if he moved while I was giving him the medicine, I would hurt his gums. Luckily, it was never the case, as he was a very placid baby and never really minded taking medicine.

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Baby number two, who came in 2012, was a different story. Although he didn’t have any medical issues, he used to get really high temperatures that would spike up very fast and were difficult to control. Unlike my firstborn, he hated the medicine! We couldn’t even get the syringe near his mouth. Even when we managed to put the syringe in his mouth, he would move his head away so quickly that the syringe would come out of his mouth and the medicine would normally end up all over him, me or the floor. It was always a two-man job, holding him tightly so he couldn’t move, which felt such a horrible thing to do. Bless him, with his feisty nature, he used to get so incredibly upset. And I would normally end up crying with him. For one, it was breaking my heart, second, I had a burning up baby in my arms, worrying he would become more unwell.

I researched for products to help but there just wasn’t anything that would solve my problem. When I found a medicine dispenser that helped me safely place the syringe in my baby’s mouth, on many occasions, the medicine shot straight down his throat and he would start choking. To watch your tiny baby trying to catch a breath is an extremely scary experience. I’m pretty sure that my heart stopped every single time! Luckily, he always got his breath back but many times, because the medicine hit the back of his throat, it made him throw the medicine up. At that point, we had another worry, how much did he manage to swallow? Do we administer more? Giving medicine to my baby was just a very worrying experience. Every time I looked at his upset face, I just couldn’t understand that there wasn’t a product to help parents like me and babies like mine!

Although I found many baby medicine dispensers: medicine dummies, soft syringes, medicine bottles and many more, but some were too messy or difficult to use, some directed the medicine straight down the throat, some were not suitable for babies that don’t like dummies, some simply ineffective. Frustrated that I couldn’t find a product good enough, I decided to create one. I started drawing the designs, I got the Play-Doh, scissors, and paper out, and this is how I started on my journey.

medapti first design

I wanted to make a product that would be extremely simple to use. When you have an unwell and crying baby in your arms, you need a product that you can use with one hand. Measuring out with the syringe, then squirting it into the container to then give it to your baby was just not an option for me. It needed to be easier than that. An adapter for a baby syringe was the perfect solution. It was simple. You fill the syringe as normal and you just slip Medapti on! The idea of the angle came after talking to my mum, who is a doctor and explained why aiming medicine to the cheek is important. My product had to do just that, direct the medicine to the side! This is how the final design of Medapti was born! And it was simple, just how I wanted it to be.

Fast forward to now, MEDAPTI has gone from my home-made dream to gathering interest from children’s hospitals, including Great Ormond Street Hospital. It has also been featured widely in the British and international media.

The Pitch 2019 competition

MEDAPTI was also chosen as one of the four finalists in the BPA Concept & Innovation Awards 2019 competition.

MEDAPTI is more than an oral syringe adapter for babies; it’s peace of mind for you and your little one. I know from experience that giving medicine to your baby isn’t always easy. There is the classic head turn, the clamped mouth, the pull away, the wriggle, and, above all, the heart-breaking crying. More so, you worry about hurting their delicate gums, the medicine spilling everywhere, or going straight down their throat.

As a parent, I wanted a quality product that would make all those issues disappear. This is why I set out to find a simple solution for parents that struggle to give medicine to their babies, like I did when my boys were little.

I am so glad that MEDAPTI can help other parents and caregivers make sure that keeping their baby healthy is a positive part of their day. I am hoping to launch by mid 2020. If you would like to know the exact launch date, please sign up here.