Abstract: An infants pacifier and medicine administering unit having a generally shield-shaped body having first and second sides and having an aperture extending therethrough around a generally transverse axis. The aperture is defined by a wall of the body. A flexible nipple having an inlet end and sucking orifice spaced therefrom, and a fluid dispenser having an outlet end, are mounted on opposite sides of the body with the inlet and the outlet being juxtaposed for fluid communication with each other whereby fluid in the dispenser can be injected under pressure into the nipple.
Abstract: A hygienic pacifier includes: a base member; a nipple member having a nipple portion protruding from a first side of the base member; a handle secured to the base member on a second side of the base member; and a bivalve shell hingedly secured to the base member. The bivalve shell has a pair of half-shell pieces separable and openable beyond a baby's mouth to reveal the nipple portion to be soothed by the baby, and the pair of half-shell pieces is foldably closable for shielding the nipple portion within the half-shell pieces for preventing contamination of the nipple portion.
Abstract: A feed drug injector comprises a nipple device, a nipple plug inserted in the nipple device, a front end of a cylinder inserted in the nipple plug, and a push rod inserted in the cylinder. The nipple device has a base and a nipple head. Two inner recesses are formed on the inner periphery of the base. A passage is formed in the nipple head. A Y-shaped hole is formed in the front of the passage. A bevel is formed on the front surface of the nipple head. Three apertures which are formed on the bevel and two front sides of the nipple head communicate with the Y-shaped hole. The nipple plug has a disk with an inner thread, a Y-shaped bar, and three circular holes formed on the disk. Two protrusions are disposed on the outer periphery of the disk. The protrusion engages with the inner recess. The cylinder the disk.
Abstract: An infant teether and cleaning toothbrush includes an oversized hollow rubber body that allows easy grip for small infants. The rubber body has an internal hollow space to allow the addition of rattle noise making bell or music making devices to increase the infants auditory stimulus. The exterior surface of the rubber body has raised ridges to provide better grip for a small infant. The generally round rubber body has an elongated neck protruding on one end which is capped with a receptor and safety lock device. Two attachable extensions are provided; one is a toothbrush unit having a brush end and a connection end which fits into the receptor. The other attachable extension is a teething unit made of durable rubber having a shaft with a connection end, and a teething end, provided with bumps simulating the toothbrush bristles providing the infant with a teething structure.
Abstract: An oral dispensing device includes a bottle for receiving medicine. A post is extended from the bottle and has a number of fins for forming a number of liquid passages. A nipple is engaged on the post and is secured to the bottle by a cover. A plunger is slidably engaged in the bottle for forcing the medicine outward through the orifice and the liquid passages and through the hole of the nipple in order to inject the medicine into the mouths of the babies. The medicine may also be effectively forced through the liquid passages when the nipple is bitten by babies.
Abstract: A system for dispensing liquid medicine to an infant includes a baby bottle having a threaded neck portion at an upper end thereof and a rim that defines an opening; a resilient nipple member; and a ring member for holding the nipple member tightly against the rim during feedings. The ring member has threads defined in an interior portion thereof that mate with the threaded neck portion, whereby the ring member may be screwed onto the bottle. A medicine cup that includes a concave cup-like portion is sized to fit within the threaded neck portion of the baby bottle. The medicine cup further includes a flange for supporting the medicine cup on the rim of the baby bottle which is sized so as not to interfere with said ring member during screwing and unscrewing of the ring member onto the baby bottle. The cup-like portion is constructed so as to be impervious to fluid transfer therethrough, so medicine will not leak from the medicine cup into the baby bottle.
November 4, 1994
Date of Patent:
August 6, 1996
Grace C. Petterson, Steven B. Dunn, Tor Petterson
Abstract: A pacifier for satisfying an infant's desire to bite and feed, as well as the infant's desire to grasp objects. The inventive device includes an elongated main body formed of a compressible material which the infant can grasp. A pacifier is removably coupled to a side of the main body such that the main body will extend along a center of the upper torso portion of the infant during use of the pacifier, whereby the infant can embrace and manipulate the device as desired.
Abstract: A dispensing pacifier for administering small quantifies of a liquid such as a medicine to an infant. The dispensing pacifier has a nipple member with a cavity for retaining and dispensing the liquid, and friction closure means for the nipple member. A flange encircles one end of the nipple member to prevent its ingestion. The nipple member and the friction closure means are connected by hinge means to prevent loss of the closure means.
Abstract: An improved medicine dispensing pacifier of unitary construction comprising a pierced hollow nipple fixedly attached to a rigid mouth guard with a hollow interior, a reservoir with an end opening opposite the nipple, fixedly attached to the mouth guard, sealing means operable to seal the reservoir end opening in a fluid-tight manner, and retaining means to fixedly attach the sealing means to the reservoir chamber to eliminate potential choking hazard.
Abstract: An integrated nursing bottle and liquid medication dispensing apparatus enables precise and independent control of both the rate of administration of the medication, and the amount by which it is diluted before reaching the infant's mouth. A preferred embodiment utilizes a deformable plastic bag with a sleeve for receiving a syringe that permits mixing of medicine and a diluting fluid in the nipple area of the bottle. The present invention also includes a recessed bottle bottom which permits easier one-handed administration of the feeding bottle and medication to the infant.
Abstract: Disclosed herein is an antimicrobial composition for manufacturing nipples, which comprises 40-80% by weight of silicon oxide, 20-50% by weight of aluminum oxide and 1-10% by weight of silver or silver oxide. Further is disclosed a sanitized nipple which is made from silicone or latex to which is incorporated said composition.
Abstract: A pacifier including a generally cup-shaped member which is open at one end and is formed with a plurality of ribs and thin film portions, each of the ribs alternating with one of the thin film portions around an outer surface of the cup-shaped member. The cup-shaped member is formed with a plurality of ventilation holes thereon. A hollow nipple is integrally formed with the cup-shaped member and has an enlarged head and extends outwardly from a center of the cup-shaped member. A handle is integrally formed with another end of the cup-shaped member.
Abstract: A device having a manually operable plunger slidably mounted within a container for orally administering liquid. The plunger operates to administer the liquid through an outlet, which is at least partially surrounded by a radially extending shield.
Abstract: A pacification system for use by an infant constitutes a bracelet including, on at least one tangential surface, a planer surface including a first fabric engagement element. The system also includes a pacifier which includes, on a planer base thereof, a second fabric engagement element, complemental in surface characteristic to the first fabric engagement element. The first and second engagement elements are detachably attachable through the respective application by the infant of pulling and pressing forces. The instant system may be employed either with or without the bracelet portion.
Abstract: An integrated nursing bottle and liquid medication dispensing apparatus enables precise and independent control of both the rate of administration of the medication, and the amount by which it is diluted before reaching the infant's mouth. The preferred embodiment utilizes a syringe mounted coaxially within a baby bottle, allowing one-hand operation.
Abstract: A retractable pacifier having a cylindrical housing with a shield member at one end and a wall with an aperture at the other end. Near the top and bottom of the inner wall of the housing are retainer slots for cooperating with spaced tabs or nibs on the periphery of a disk attached to the base of a nipple for locking the nipple in an extended position or a retracted position.
Abstract: Methods of forming a chemical barrier against the transmission of disease-causing microbes and other harmful agents through a membrane such as latex. In the principal method, a mold or former is coded with a coagulant, which is dried, and then the former is dipped into liquid latex, which is allowed to gel, and then the former is dipped into a solution containing the biocide, and then the former is dipped again into the liquid latex, after which the entire coating on the former is cured. Alternatively, the biocide may be sprayed or otherwise applied onto the gelled latex.
November 16, 1992
Date of Patent:
August 16, 1994
Robin R. T. Shlenker
Robin R. T. Shlenker, Clive C. Solomons, Jerry D. Plunkett, Clayton S. Smith
Abstract: An infant mask is disclosed having contoured features in relief held in place by a nipple inserted in the infant's mouth. In one embodiment, the contoured mask is removably connected to the nipple. In a second embodiment the mask is made to change shapes as a result of pressure applied to the nipple.
Abstract: A pacifier is arranged to include a base disc mounting a base plug, wherein the base plug is directed through the base disc mounting a nipple head. The nipple head defines an annular groove between the nipple head and the base plug at a front wall of the base disc to enhance grasping of the nipple by an infant, wherein the nipple head includes a first inwardly tapered base portion extending from the annular base directed to a second outwardly tapered base portion, in turn directed to a third inwardly tapered base portion that in turn is directed into a nipple head tip, wherein the nipple head is canted from the annular base towards the nipple head tip defining an undulating outer surface for enhanced grasping by an infant in use. The nipple head is arranged to include a cavity to contain a fluid or freezable gel to enhance soothing use by the infant. A modification of the invention is directed to the fluid accessed to the infant and replenished through an access plug directed through the base plug.
Abstract: A pacifier including a shield having a slot therein for accepting the lips at the end of a nipple which extends outwardly from the shield. The side of the shield opposite the nipple has a circular flange having two spaced slots, each having an entry section and an elongated section extending substantially perpendicular to the entry section and an interior guide borehole between the slots. A U-shaped handle includes a bar across its open end. The bar is inserted into the slots and moved to the internal end of the slots. A cap of a dimension to fit within the circular flange includes two depending fingers which mate with the vertical sections of the slots, a pin which mates with the interior guide borehole, and a depending barb which mates with and passes through the slot in the shield and into the shank of the nipple. The shield and cap are then ultrasonically welded.
Abstract: A pacifier for use with premature and other low birth weight infants, which is configured dependent upon the shape of a small infant's thumb and palatal cavity. The pacifier has a shield and a nipple. The nipple is longer and thinner than previously known pacifiers, and comprises a relatively soft, narrow shaft connecting a bulbous tip to the shield. The tip is configured to provide optimal palatal stimulation while the infant sucks on the pacifier, while the shield is shaped to simultaneously provide optimal perioral stimulation.
January 3, 1991
Date of Patent:
January 4, 1994
Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
Joan Engebretson, Diane Wardell, Victoria Brownewell
Abstract: A pacifier tether for use in conjunction with a pacifier to enhance developmental reflexes in an infant. The tether has a generally elongate body. The body has an upper fabric layer having a central portion and first and second extensions extending from the central portion, and first and second fabric layers underlying the first and second extensions, respectively, and stitched thereto. A reinforcing disk, preferably formed of several fabric layers, overlies the central portion of the upper fabric layer and is stitched thereto. An aperture is formed in the reinforcing disk and the central portion of the upper fabric layer for receiving the nipple of a pacifier. The reinforcing disk maintains the nipple in an upright midline position and insures that the infant's nose remains spaced from the fabric. The pacifier tether further includes a reinforced pocket underlying the aperture. The pacifier base is retained in the pocket.
Abstract: A pacifier includes a shield having nipples projecting in opposite directions from its opposite sides. A cover is provided for releasable securement to alternate sides of the shield covering and protecting one of the nipples, while enabling the opposite nipple to be exposed for use. Upon contamination of the exposed nipple, the cover can be removed from the clean nipple and replaced on the opposite side of the shield covering the contaminated nipple and exposing the clean nipple for use.
Abstract: A nipple member of flexible construction includes a fluid contained therewithin permitting chilling or heating of the nipple member to accommodate various additional applications for use with an infant. The nipple structure is arranged and mounted to an underlying support plant that in turn may be alternatively be secured to securement tethers or to an underlying rattle container for the amusement and entertainment of an infant.
December 2, 1991
Date of Patent:
March 30, 1993
Elizabeth J. Scarpelli, Christian M. Scarpelli
Abstract: An infant's pacifier is constructed in a manner to confine and administer a beneficial liquid composition. The pacifier has a hollow nipple having at its open upper extremity an outwardly directed flange. The nipple is held within a cylindrical sleeve centered in a base panel. The flange rests in abutment with a flat terminal rim of the sleeve. The sleeve is threadably engaged by a cap having a closure panel adapted to compress the flange against the flat rim, thereby sealing the nipple in a fluid-impermeable manner. The closure panel has provision for admitting a controlled amount of air to the nipple.
Abstract: There is disclosed an improved temperature responsive orthodontically-shaped pacifier assembly having an insert member with two liquid crystal capsules or eyes making positive pressure contact with a nipple portion and wherein the liquid crystal capsules or eyes are responsive to different temperatures above about 98.degree. F. whereby one capsule changes color representative of a low grade fever and both capsules change color representative of a high grade fever.
Abstract: A pacifier cover (10) for keeping an infant's pacifier clean is disclosed which includes a base (16), a cover portion (18) hingeably attached to the base (16), and snaps (20, 26) for removably securing a pacifier (14) to the base (16). The cover portion (18) is moveable between a closed position in which the cover portion encloses the pacifier (14) and prevents contact with the surrounding environment, and an open position in which the pacifier (14) may be attached to or removed from the base (16).
Abstract: A pacifier tether for use in conjunction with a pacifier to enhance developmental reflexes in an infant. The tether comprises a generally elongate body. The body comprises an upper fabric layer having a central portion and first and second extensions extending from the central portion, and first and second fabric layers underlying the first and second extensions, respectively, and stitched thereto. A reinforcing disk, preferably formed of several fabric layers, overlies the central portion of the upper fabric layer and is stitched thereto. An aperture is formed in the reinforcing disk and the central portion of the upper fabric layer for receiving the nipple of a pacifier. The reinforcing disk maintains the nipple in an upright midline position and insures that the infant's nose remains spaced from the fabric. The pacifier tether further includes a reinforced pocket underlying the aperture. The pacifier base is retained in the pocket.
Abstract: An orthopedic pacifier, which is useful to inhibit or correct a receding lower jaw condition for improved placement of the upper and lower alveolar ridges of an infant's mouth, includes a shield to border the lips, a resiliently deformable bulbous body and a bridge connecting the base end of the body to the shield. The bridge extends between the upper and lower alveolar ridges from the base end to the shield and positions the body with its free end located posteriorly in the mouth. The body has a palatal conforming upper portion, and a lower portion defining an inclined section extending from the base end to the free end to engage the posterior side of the lower alveolar ridge to guide the lower jaw forward to foster its potential to grow into normal position relative to the upper jaw. A depression in the free end guides tongue placement to direct its forces toward the palate to improve control for swallowing.
Abstract: A pediatric medicinal dispensing device which allows oral ingestion of medicine by an infant. The dispenser includes a top portion formed as a nipple to be received by an infant and a sealed housing and bottom wall. The bottom wall includes an inlet so that medicine may be inserted within an interior of the device and thereafter orally ingested by an infant's sucking motion.
Abstract: This is a device for delivering medicaments to infants by means of a dispenser in a pacifier. The dispenser regulates the rate of medicament released by using semipermeable membranes or capillary tubes. As the child or infant suckles on the pacifier, a flow of saliva bathes the dispenser and mixes with the dispensed medicaments.
Abstract: The present invention pertains to a device for the oral administration of a medication. The device comprises a pierced nipple having a nipple chamber and an open base, a medication reservoir having an outer wall member defining a reservoir chamber, a first end opening into the reservoir chamber, and a closable second end opening into the reservoir chamber. There is means to connect the reservoir to the base of the nipple in fluid-tight relationship with the nipple chamber communicating with the reservoir chamber through the open base. There are closing means for sealing the second end of the reservoir.
Abstract: A nipple assembly with an alarm buzzer and a body temperature indicator. The assembly comprises a nipple base in which is accommodated a main case and an inner case as well as a ring-shaped thermometer attached thereto. In the main case are provided an inner case, an IC board, a heat sensitive resistor and a buzzer. A heat conductive liquid is filled in the sealed space defined by the base, the main case, and the inner case. At the rear end of the base is attached a transparent convex housing to which is fastened a handle with a battery. When a baby sucks the nipple of the assembly, the heat in the baby's mouth can be transferred through the liquid to the thermometer so that it can indicate the baby's body temperature. Moreover, when the baby's body temperature reaches a predetermined warning value, a signal from a heat sensitive resistor will be sent to the buzzer so that the latter can issue an alarming sound.
Abstract: A nursing device provides a nursing or pacifier nipple for use with nursing infants, and a method for manufacturing such articles. The device comprises an exact replica of the mother's nipple incorporated onto a bottle, specialized dispenser, or pacifier. The nursing device is formed from a mold taken of the nursing mother's natural breast and nipple.
Abstract: A pacifier for a premature or small full-term infant includes a mouth shell and a nipple projecting generally perpendicularly therefrom. The mouth shell includes a perioral surface that is concave to conform to the perioral region of the infant and is adapted to exert a substantially uniform pressure around the mouth of the infant. The perioral surface includes a plurality of nubs projecting away from the surface for contact with and stimulation of the perioral region of the infant. The mouth shell includes a flared annular surface surrounding the perioral surface to make the pacifier large enough to avoid ingestion by the newborn, while providing clearance between the mouth shell and the infant's facial features. A V-shaped notch in the annular surface is included to accommodate nasogastric tubes in the infant's nose.The nipple has a generally constant cross-section along its entire length.
Abstract: An infant's pacifier is constructed in a manner to confine and administer a beneficial liquid composition. The pacifier has a hollow nipple which threadably joins with a base that may serve as a funnel for expediting entrance of liquid into the nipple. The base is in turn threadably attached to a cap which has provision for admitting air to the nipple. A handle may be attached to the cap. The base, which is generally perpendicular to the nipple, may have indentations to accommodate an infant's nose.
Abstract: Apparatus including a vacuum packed flexible bottle containing a hook at its upper-most end for securement to a support such as a crib rail with a feed conduit directed from a lower terminal end of the container directed into a neck harness for securement about an infants neck wherein the harness includes a first tube end receiving a second tube end telescopingly therewithin to provide a safe yet secure securement about an infants neck portion with a nipple member directed through the harness for feeding of an associated infant.Modifications of the invention include a generally U-shaped securement strap mounting flexible straps thereto where the straps include hook and loop fasteners to mount the U-shaped strap to a forward orientation relative to an infant. The strap includes a slot for reception of a nursing nipple therethrough with a boss extending through a forward surface of the U-shaped strap to secure a spare nipple thereon.
Abstract: An implantable device for supplying liquid to the oral cavity comprises a liquid container having means for keeping the liquid under pressure, a tube, one end of which being connected to the container, said tube consisting of a material which is suitable for subcutaneous location in the human body, and an lead-through bushing connected to the other end of said tube, said bushing consisting of or being coated with a biocompatible material for being implanted into a jaw bone, and comprising a nozzle opening provided with a filter.
March 22, 1990
Date of Patent:
July 16, 1991
Hakan Hakansson, Bjorn Klinge, Kare Larsson
Abstract: An infant nursing device for permitting an infant to ingest by means of a nipple a liquid contained in a nursing bottle remote from the nipple includes a closure for the nursing bottle, the closure having a conduit passing through it, a nipple holder for holding the nipple with a liquid-tight seal, the nipple holder havng a conduit through it communicating between the exterior and the interior of the nipple, a segment of flexible tubing one end of which is connected to the end of the closure conduit which is inside the bottle when the closure is on the bottle and the other end of which, preferably weighted, approximately reaches the bottom of the bottle when the closure is on the bottle, and another segment of flexible tubing one end of which is connected to the end of the closure conduit which is outside the bottle when the closure is on the bottle and the other end of which is connected to the end of the nipple holder conduit which is exterior to the nipple.
Abstract: A plastic retaining strap in combination with a one piece plastic clip is disclosed where the plastic clip is secured to the retaining strap in a manner to allow pivotal and sliding movement of the clip on the strap. This arrangement is particularly useful with a baby soother which is retained in a similar manner at the opposite end of the strap relative to the plastic clip. The plastic retaining strap is formed with sufficient structural integrity to move to a generally elongate configuration when external stresses are removed. The particular securement of the clip and soother accommodate the more resistant strap allowing the combination to satisfy its intended purpose, although the strap is stiffer than the flexible straps of the prior art.
Abstract: A silicone rubber comforter or pacifier for infants to suck or chew for oral gratification comprises an outer rubber shell and an inner filling of softer rubber wherein the outer shell comprises a silicone rubber of high tear propagation resistance having a Shore A hardness of 30 to 60 and the inner filling comprises a soft silicone rubber having a Shore A harness of less than 5, said outer shell and inner filling being bonded together by a chemical bond, mechanical bond or both.
Abstract: A pacifier is disclosed which includes a shield protector with a conventional, hollow nipple attached to, and extending from, one side of the shield protector. The shield protector should preferably be of a size which is sufficiently large so as to prevent the baby or infant from accidentally ingesting the same. The side of the shield protector opposite to the side having the nipple portion, includes a handle portion, preferably having a substantially cylindrical shape, which is capable of insertion into, and removal from, the hollow portion of the nipple of the pacifier by passage of the handle portion through an opening in the protective shield. The handle of the invention, in a preferred embodiment, further includes removable fastening means, such as a hook-loop material for attachment to a ribbon, suspension support cord, or other support device.