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The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—And the World by Roger Thurow

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chapter thirteen

WALKING, TALKING

ESTHERS SON, RODGERS, WAS A CEASELESS CRAWLER, CURIOUSLY patrolling the ground between the family huts and a small vegetable garden. He was fourteen months old. Esther had thought he would be walking by now, but his development had been slowed by a bout of malaria as he turned one. The family faithfully used bed nets inside the house at night, but the malaria threat was constant, particularly at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes swarmed most aggressively. Feverish and listless, Rodgers stopped eating solid foods for a couple of weeks. It seemed his only comfort was when he breastfed, though Esther was weakened by her own battle with malaria. Together, they recovered on a regimen of antimalarial drugs.

Rodgers ...

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