Children’s Health

Navigating Mental Health in Young Children [Mental Health Awareness Series #2]

A few weeks ago, I posted an Ask Aviva question about getting permission for a certain medication for a nine-year-old child with bipolar disorder. My answer addressed how to get permission, but one reader was shocked that a nine year old had been diagnosed with bi-polar. “Get a second opinion!” this reader advised, their underlying implication …

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Emergency Services for Children: What are my options and what do I do?

  I remember a few years back, I was speaking to another mother at the park when I mentioned, laughingly, about how at one point I had asked Terem [medical emergency clinic] if they had a monthly membership fee. She looked at me funny and explained that she had never visited the ER (or Terem) …

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Read this if you, or someone you love, will give birth in Israel

In the past few weeks, I’ve had the honor to be present at three completely different births: the unplanned home birth, a “second first birth” and a planned home birth that ended up in the hospital. These experiences reminded me of the importance of several issues, both large and small, that can greatly affect a …

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What’s with the HPV Vaccine in Israeli Schools? Or Why Should You Talk with your Preteen about Sexuality

The other day, my eighth grader brought home a letter from the school, which requested that I deny, or provide, my permission for her to receive the HPV vaccine, newly entered into the ‘basket’ of services. Spoiler alert, this will not be a post about whether or not to give your child the HPV vaccine, …

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3 Simple Safety Tips that Can Save Children’s Lives!

In January 2012, the organization B’Terem and child safety organization, published data on the number of accidental deaths among children in 2011. Of 106 children killed, almost half were in car accidents. The rest was due to mostly to drowning or choking.  Most children were aged 0-4, and more than 60% were boys. In fact, …

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