SOS - Save our (medicine) Spoons

Design over function
Every now and again you find a simple object that some idiot boffin has decided could do with an 'upgrade' or 'design change' and invariably, we wonder why they bothered as it seems a pointless or less than helpful thing to do.

I have discovered one such change.  Medicine spoons.

Recently when buying medication, especially for children, I have noticed that the spoons that come with the product have changed.  They have moved from a useful measuring tool with a 5ml or 2.5ml side, to an utterly pointless, spill-it-everywhere-as-you-cannot-use-it-properly piece of moronic design.

Why would anyone think a spoon with a 'lip' on it was a good idea?

Now, I understand that it makes it less likely that some shaky old parent is going to spill it onto the carpet, but have you actually tried to use one of these spoons?

While the medicine floats happily in its own enclosed swimming pool, trying to get the stuff into your child's mouth is almost impossible. Yes, the first bit as you tip the spoon comes out but then to get the entire contents of it taken (remember this is a measured amount rather than a 'what you can get in is ok' amount), you have to get your child to tilt their head backwards and turn the spoon upside down to release the rest of the dose.  Yeah, try that with a 2 year old who has no patience.

Thankfully I have a good collection of the 'old' style spoons that actually worked but it seems that they are rarely available anymore in 'off the shelf' medication.

I'm going to have to launch a campaign of "Save our Spoons" - an alternative SOS for the modern day!


  1. Whatever the spoon we have a face pulling 7 (almost 8) year old, always been the same, although at your Ns age we used a medical syringe as Neurofen was the better get better quick, over the counter medicine. Thankfully she has never been a sickly baby, armed with medicine one side, glass of lemonade the other, down goes the medicine and she necks the lemonade and runs to clean her teeth.

    Never understand why they have to employ designers- who obviously have no experience of putting spoons with medicine into toddlers mouths - to design such horrid things.

    We do however, have the issue in our house that the medicine tends to go out of date before the child is ill, we are lucky in that way, so even with a common cold/flu for us adults, i tend to say "use the benylin but double the dose" naughtily save buying more stuff in


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