“ Brand: 4Little1 / Type: Dummy „
I bought an Eezimed Medicine Dummy for my young son a few months after he was born, he was displaying colic symptoms (although never officially diagnosed by his Health Visitor) and was going through a period where he would suck on a dummy. At over £6.00 in Boots it wasn't a cheap option but we were recommended to try him with Gripe Water in an aim to settle his tummy a bit and to bring up any excess wind, rather than diluting the Gripe Water in his formula milk or attempting to spoon feed it him this was a more direct approach at providing some small doses and for a few short weeks it seemed to offer a temporary solution to our problems.
The Eezimed is a BPA and Latex free medicine dummy, it's sold as shown in the picture here and is available at Boots, other online chemists and amazon. It's been designed to allow a small dose of liquid medicine to be added to the bulb of a dummy and can either be sucked through the teat by your child or pushed into their mouth via a small plunger. It's said to be a mess-free way of delivering medicine to a baby and is suitable for ages from 3 months. It's a well designed dummy, quite innovative I think and although the plunger did end up getting quite stiff after a few uses it was still a very handy thing to own that did make things a little bit easier when it came to giving my son some Gripe Water. It holds a maximum of 4ml of liquid so not a massive amount but that seemed to be enough of a direct dosage to offer some relief and in any case, it's very easy to add some additional liquid should needs must.
The only thing 'wrong' with the dummy in my opinion was that I found the teat to be a little on the large side and as I've never been a fan of dummies in the first place I was relieved when my son decided that he'd had enough of all dummies in general and quickly moved on from using it. That said, if a parent reading this doesn't mind dummies then I do think that an Eezimed would be a good choice if you're having problems giving a child medicine and they find comfort from them. I do think it's expensive for what it actually is, after all it is 'just' a dummy with a twist but it has been very well made, was very reliable and although we didn't get a great deal of usage out of ours for my son it did offer a good solution to a tricky little problem.
It's easy to clean and holds firmly in place once the medicine has been added, do bear in mind that the force of the plunger can allow some of the liquid to leak from the teat of the dummy when it's first put together so my recommendation would be to not overfill it. Other than that it's simple to use and if your child likes Dummies then they shouldn't notice anything different with this one compared to the others that they have. Due to it's limited capacity I do think it's perhaps most suited to very young babies (3 months plus) as 4ml isn't a huge amount but overall I think it's worth taking a chance on if you're looking for a way to get liquid medicine into your child without it becoming overly messy.
4 stars as a rating seems fair to me, a very cleverly designed item but quite overpriced for what it actually is but recommended all the same.
Thanks for reading my review.