Majda Ficko’s son was born with a rare syndrome. Searching for a solution to save his life, a business was born that has helped thousands. Read her amazing story!
Majda Ficko’s energy is infectious, her passion? Contagious. It's that energy that allowed Majda to be successful in many areas of life but also face the biggest challenge of her life.
At 18, Ficko started working as a licensed hairstylist and at 21, she opened her first business, a hairstyling salon. After 10 years in business, Majda’s customers were getting married, having families and bringing their kids to her for haircuts. Her entrepreneurial side realized the need for a kid’s specialty hair salon. Majda shares, “I opened a children’s specialty salon called Kids Kuts (later known as Hair Do Zoo because of the animal shaped chairs for kids) which was Canada’s first and only children’s specialty hairstyling salon. Things were good and busy until I got married and became pregnant.”
Majda had plans to expand and franchise her business but her world went sideways when her first child, a son named Demitri, was born was a rare syndrome called Cornelia de Lange, that left him severely mentally and physically disabled. “The first three years of his life were spent in and out of the hospital,” Ficko shares, “My life was focused on just keeping him alive. My business and franchising plans were put on hold indefinitely.”
Along with Demitri’s constant hospital visits, the family had to feed Demitri overnight through a feeding tube which caused many soiled diapers. Majda says, “I had to get up every two hours to stay on top of his diaper rashes, with his syndrome he is very susceptible to infections and a severe diaper rash could lead to another hospital run.”
Since Demitri’s birth, he has been in diapers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which caused constant diaper rash to the point that he was hospitalized for it. The skin became so broken-down that infection set into his bloodstream. Majda was desperate yet determined to solve this problem as no doctor, cream or medication could help.
“After buying every product on the market that promised a cure from name brands to obscure homemade concoctions all with no success I knew I had to find someone who could help me develop a product that would work,” Majda says, “My focus was to not only create a cream that I could use on my son that was going to actually help protect his skin but it needed to be free from chemicals and ingredients that could harm him. I wanted to make sure the product was both safe and effective.”
What Majda learned about diaper rash is that it’s not really a rash. It resembles a chemical burn. She says, “Diaper rash? Sounds cute but it’s not…burns hurt. A lot of the time, it’s not a parent's fault when their baby develops a rash. When their delicate skin encounters chemicals it breaks down the skin and the longer the contact the more severe the rash. Severe rashes open the skin which can lead to secondary infections. That’s where the real problems can start. I tried everything available on the market that promised it could help my son but nothing worked and some actually harmed him. Most of the well-known popular diaper rash creams contain chemicals, perfumes and alcohol, ingredients that should NEVER be in baby products.”
Majda found a Research Chemist and worked with her for over two years to perfect a miracle cream. Majda says, “Once I began using this cream on Demitri, his doctor was amazed at his results, and she began encouraging me to sell the cream. It was never my intention to sell this product, I was just trying to solve Demitri's horrific diaper rashes. His doctor’s words to me were mind-blowing, ‘Why should your son be the only one to benefit? You should sell the cream.’ Knowing there were many children who are also in diapers 24/7 and probably having similar diaper rash problems, how could I ignore their needs if I have the solution?”
That was the moment Baby Butz diaper rash cream was born. Majda knew that the product was safe and effective, so she submitted the formulation to Health Canada for their NPN (Natural Product Number) license which it received. It’s also become FDA registered, Leaping Bunny Certified and the Environmental Working Group rated it #1. Pediatricians across Canada now hand out samples to their patients but the best part for Majda is that Demitri has not had a diaper rash in over 12 years, and their family can now sleep through the night.
Diaper rash is not just common for babies but also adults who are in wheelchairs, bedridden, etc. so Majda has helped countless thousands with her simple search to produce a product to help her son. She shares, “No matter what happens. I believe Baby Butz cream is Demitri's legacy. I believe he was born to me so that I could help...not only him but countless children” and so many more.
To learn more about Majda's company and her other skin products, please check out her website Olen Cosmetics.
I'm a journalist from the Boston area. I've written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, The Boston Globe Magazine, Reader's Digest, Martha Stewart Living, Woman's Day, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, House Beautiful, and more.