In this section you can find out more about the Dutch healthcare system and information and advice on staying healthy while living here.

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Psychotherapy can help children deal with issues that are slowing them down or causing them pain.

Children and Psychotherapy

November 1, 2012 | By Lea Pereira, Clinical Psychologist

Parents are often reluctant to take their child to see a psychologist or a psychotherapist. Some people seem to believe that only if there’s something very wrong with the child should he/she go to a psychologist. Or that if they are too young it doesn’t […]

When the weather turns colder, flus and common colds abound. Protect your family with our tips.

Tips for boosting your child’s immunity

October 3, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

Cold and flu season is quickly approaching and expat parents are eager to find some way to cut down on family illnesses. Who can blame them? I asked top nutritionalists here in the Netherlands for their tips on how to boost immunity for the whole […]

Dyslexia Support Group in the Netherlands

Dyslexia Parent Support Group

September 18, 2012 | By Debra Lambert

(Note from Nomad Parents: I had the good fortune to be seated next to women representing the Dyslexia, ADHD and Autism support groups last weekend at the Feel at Home in The Hague fair. Organizations such as these can be lifesavers for parents struggling to […]


Sleep and the School Child

September 4, 2012 | By Deirdre Budd, Sleep Expert

Excessive sleepiness in children can be caused by a variety of health problems and sleep disorders, but regardless of the specific cause the impact of sleepiness on learning and behaviour is significant. Many adolescents and adults in our society are chronically sleepy, but one should […]


When the Consultatiebureau is not enough

August 13, 2012 | By Olga Mecking

My daughter Julia needs physical therapy. If you find yourself in a similar situation, maybe you want to know how such problems get detected, and how therapy looks like in the Netherlands. Julia wouldn’t roll until she was 11 months old, and her little body […]


Healthcare: Eyecare for kids

August 11, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

Don’t stand in front of the TV. Don’t cross your eyes. Don’t stare at the light. It seems like we parents are constantly worrying about our children’s eyesight. In this article we’ll help you find out which activities can really damage your child’s eyesight and […]

Children in the Netherlands should take a daily vitamin to make sure that they get enough Vitamin D

Health and Wellness: The scoop on vitamins

August 10, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

Growing up I can remember taking my Flintstones vitamin each day. They tasted a bit like candy while being just medicine-flavored enough to keep me from wanting to eat the whole bottle. Now that I have kids, I am starting to wonder if, when and […]

The consultatiebureau always suggests that my kids eat more bread

Disagreeing with the doctor

August 9, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

Every time I take my children to the consultatiebureau, I get asked the same series of questions: How do they sleep, how much do they eat, what are they eating, etc. No matter what answers I provide or how their growth is progressing, the doctor […]

Parents and children sometimes have a hard time adapting to the Dutch mentality towards healthcare.

Healthcare: Tips for Expats

August 3, 2012 | By Olga Mecking

Here are some tips on how to navigate the Dutch healthcare system. Talk to other expats about their experiences. Maybe they will suggest a good doctor or a midwifery practice. Look for expat friendly doctors in your area. Expat Desks at the local (or nearest) […]

It can be hard to get the doctor to take you seriously when you child has a minor illness.

Healthcare: Expat Point of View

August 2, 2012 | By Olga Mecking

The health system in the Netherlands is very different from the ones I’ve already experienced in Germany or Poland. In the Netherlands, it is much more common to see a GP instead of a specialist. The explanation for this is that specialists should be concerned […]

In the Netherlands, children receive their check-ups and vaccinations at the consultatieburear

The Consultatiebureau

July 13, 2012 | By Olga Mecking

I arrived in the Netherlands in 2009, with a 6 week old baby, a MA thesis to write and a head full of worries. I had visited the Netherlands from time to time to see my then-boyfriend, and I knew that the Netherlands was unique […]