Baby Leo needs to do Early Stimulation and special formula

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Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Baby Leo is the youngest of 5 brothers. He was born prematurely, in a difficult and traumatic birth and went through neonatal hypoxia (a reduction in oxygenation). He had to stay in the neonatal ICU for 27 days, used CPAP for 10 days and a nasogastric tube for 15 days. At 7 days he was diagnosed with milk protein allergy. I was forced to change all my food and completely restrict the consumption of milk and dairy products in order to be able to offer breast milk as the main food. As a complement, he began using a special formula, hydrolyzed protein.

Due to the restriction of milk and dairy consumption, my milk production has greatly reduced and Leo will continue to depend on the formula as food supplementation for an indefinite period. The formula that Leo currently consumes is the Pregomin, 5 cans per month (so far). Each can costs on average $75.00 (R$150,00).

After discharge from hospital, Leo was in the first consultation with his definitive pediatrician, who requested that he start doing Early Stimulation due to Neonatal Hypoxia. He will do the Early Stimulation with a multidisciplinary team (speech therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapist) from 1 to 2 times a week, and on the other days he will have the stimulation worked at home with his parents and brothers. Each session with the team will cost $250.00 (R$500,00) and to stimulate at home, it will be necessary to buy specific materials, such as mats and toys for stimulation appropriate to each developmental range. This is all of the utmost importance for Leo's development and well-being, but its added cost makes everything practically unfeasible.

I would like to ask for your help. Any amount, however small, is already of great value.


P.s.: I live in Brazil, then, all dollar values ​​are estimated at the exchange rate on the day I wrote the text. The values ​​in Real (local currency) are in parentheses.

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