(photo credit: Illustrative photo: Ariel Jerozolimski)
This summer so far has been the deadliest in years for children and teenagers:
Twenty have been killed in accidents and intentional injuries since the
beginning of July, compared to 16 in both months of school vacation in
The Council for the Child, which released these statistics on
Thursday, urged parents to prevent accidents and keep their children out of
“It isn’t too late for parents and the authorities to take
action that will prevent intentional or unintentional harm to children. We must
not go along with this situation. It is not fate,” said council chairman
Dr.Yitzhak Kadman. “It is in our power to protect our
Looking at previous years, the council stated that in the two
vacation months in 2008, 21 youngsters died in accidents, compared to 31 in 2007
and 34 in 2006.
During the rest of the year, between six and seven
children die per month from these preventible causes.
Before the end of
the school year, the council issued warnings on preventing harm to children
during the summer. But it seems not enough parents have taken them to
Since July 1 of this year, the vast majority of those killed were
boys. The most common age was up to three years.
The causes of death were
accidents, murders, home accidents, drowning, electrification, fire, suicide,
inhaling glue, and choking.
Meanwhile, Magen David Adom announced that in
July, it treated 721 people for fainting and heat prostration compared to 399
cases in July 2000. MDA blamed the high number this year on the hotter weather
and on residents’ failure to protect themselves from the sun and
Dehydration symptoms include apathy, weakness, severe headache,
nausea and vomiting. When it is more advanced, the heartbeat speeds up,
is pale and urine is minimal, leading in extreme cases to loss of
Attention should be paid to babies’ diapers, noting if they are dry for a
Pale urine is a good sign of enough hydration in both adults and
MDA urged people to drink water even when they are not thirsty
– at least 1.5 liters per hour per person when walking in the hot sun.
children refuse to drink, parents can “trick” them by adding a sweetener
giving them ice.