Last year 15.8 percent of children and young people, between the ages of 2 and 25, were overweight, compared to 12.5 percent in 2000. A quarter of young adults, aged between 18 and 25, were overweight, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.
Screen time is affecting children's sleeping behavior, public health institute RIVM concluded in its first ever study into the effect of smartphones, tablets and televisions on the sleep of kids between the ages of 8 and 18. Because of screen use, children postpone their sleep and go to sleep later. Teenagers sleep an average of 40 minutes less. Teenagers also wake up more often at night and have more difficulty staying awake during the day, RTL Nieuws reports.
A 6-year-old Dutch girl was seriously injured in an accident with a ski lift in the French ski-resort of Châtel in Haute-Savoie. The child was resuscitated at the scene and rushed to a hospital in Geneva by helicopter. The local police are investigating the incident, mayor Nicolas Rubin confirmed, the Telegraaf reports.
A 9-year-old girl was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident involving a taxi in Amsterdam on Thursday morning. The police are looking for the taxi driver.
The accident happened at the intersection of Adimaal de Ruijterweg and Jan van Galenstraat at around 9:30 a.m., the police said on Twitter. The numbers on the car's blue license plate are known to the police.
A trauma helicopter responded to the scene, according to RTL Nieuws. The girl was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.
Four children were killed in a collision between a train and a trike on a guarded rail crossing near the Oss-West station in Oss on Thursday morning. Another child and an adult were seriously injured. The trike belonged to a local daycare, witnesses told newspaper AD.
A 4-year-old boy is in hospital with serious injuries after someone shot him with an air rifle in Zwaag, Noord-Holland on Sunday afternoon. The police are investigating.
The boy was playing with friends on Inlaagdijk between 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. He was sitting on porch near a gate when his chest suddenly started hurting and he had trouble breathing.
Sex club Privehuis Sandra in Hengelo was closed by order of the municipality after a 12-year-old girl was found in the club two weeks ago. The girl was not working as a prostitute, mayor Sander Schelberg stressed. "Absolutely unacceptable. That is no place for a child", he said to Tubantia.
A 7-year-old boy died on Monday after being attacked by a cow on small campsite De Koehoorn in the Zeeland village of Meliskerke, the police said on Twitter.
Emergency services responded to the campsite, which is located on a farm, en masse. But their attempts to save the boy was in vain. He died at the scene. Bystanders were offered victim assistance.
A boy sustained minor injuries while playing on a boom at a tram crossing on IJburglaan in Amsterdam on Wednesday afternoon, the police said on Facebook.
Three boys were hanging on the boom while it was on its downward position. When the boom went up, two of the boys let go immediately. But the third was not fast enough. He kept hanging on the boom until it was almost at its highest point, and then fell meters to the ground, according to the police.
Firefighters and local residents rescued three children from a burning apartment on Grienderwaard in Rotterdam-IJsselmonde on Thursday night. The children suffered minor burns and were taken to hospital for treatment, AD reports.
A woman who jumped out of a 4th floor window with her 2-year-old child in Overvecht on Thursday night, called for help through that same window on Sunday, neighbors told the Telegraaf.
The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. at an apartment building on Othellodreef, near Utrecht Overvecht station. Both mother and child survived, but their current condition is unknown.
A woman and her 2-year-old child were both seriously injured in a fall from a 4th floor apartment in Overvecht on Thursday night. The woman jumped out of the window with the child in her arms, the police confirmed to the Telegraaf on Friday morning.
Mother and child were rushed to hospital. Their current condition is unknown. "It's a miracle that both survived", a police spokesperson said to the newspaper.
The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. at an apartment building on Othellodreef, near Utrecht Overvecht station. Bystanders found the woman and child in some bushes.
A 5-year-old girl and her grandmother were both injured when a dog attacked them in Schijndel on Tuesday. The little girl was rushed to hospital by air ambulance with bite wounds to her face. Her grandmother was taken to hospital by ambulance with wounds on her arms, the Telegraaf reports.
The grandmother was walking the dog for an acquaintance on Boomstraat when it attacked them, according to Brabants Dagblad. Both victims were taken to the Radboud hospital in Nijmegen.
A mother hit her own 2-year-old child with a car on Oude Telgterweg in Ermelo on Sunday afternoon. The child was seriously injured, De Gelderlander reports.
The accident happened just before 4:30 p.m. It seems that the mother didn't see her child when pulling her car out.
Multiple police cars, an ambulance, and an air ambulance responded to the scene. The child was rushed to hospital.
The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident.
A 5-year-old child was killed in a fire in a caravan park on Ir. Molsweg in Arnhem on Wednesday morning. The fire started in a caravan in which the child's family was staying. The fire brigade responded to the park around 8:15 a.m., De Gelderlander reports.
Four other members of the family were removed from the burning caravan and treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. The child died on the way to the hospital, according to the emergency services.
The caravan was completely on fire inside, according to the newspaper. Surrounding residents were evacuated.
Over a third, 37 percent, of Dutch parents find it convenient to keep their children occupied by putting them behind the television, a tablet or smartphone. Tough four in ten feel guilty about doing so, according to the annual trend report on media use by children aged 0 to 6 years by Mediawijzer, NU.nl reports.
Children in the Netherlands increasingly grow up without learning to ride the bicycle, instead walking or being driven to school, according to traffic safety association VVN. Parents often find it too dangerous to send their kids to school on a bicycle, but not being able to cycle could be detrimental to children's development, VVN warns, RTL Nieuws reports.
The question of whether or not to bring the children of Dutch rebel fighters in the Syrian civil war back to the Netherlands, has the government parties divided. Doing so was proposed by the D66 and ChristenUnie, but the VVD is vehemently against it. What fourth government party, the CDA, thinks about this, is not yet clear, NOS reports.
"Before you know it, the parents will come too", VVD parliamentarian Barbara Visser said on Twitter. "The VVD chooses for the safety and freedom of the children in the Netherlands!"
A 4 year old boy from Hegelo has shown up in pictures wearing a camouflage suit and ISIS hat. The boy's mother, 24 year old Hasna A., sent these pictures from Syria to former classmates in Hengelo.
During the AutoMotorSportief event in Haaksbergen in Overijssel, a monster truck drove into the public during a demonstration, which has resulted in three deaths, the municipality of Haaksbergen announces.
The police have released a video showing an incident from several months ago in which a pair of men take extreme revenge in a possible traffic argument. Two men are seen chasing and then shooting at a vehicle. Police are now looking for the victims.
Social Affairs Minister Lodewijk Asscher has sent Parliament legislation to arrange a new regulation that would see new fathers receive guaranteed paternity leave if the mother dies during childbirth. Mothers with premature babies will also receive 10 weeks to take care of the child at home, Elsevier reports.
A 5-year old boy from Leeuwarden died on Saturday as a result of the wounds he suffered after being hit by a car in Sint Annaparochie.
The first lesbian couples have signed acts for the legal guardianship of their child Tuesday morning in Amsterdam's city hall. From now on, so-named 'other mothers' do not have to go through tedious, costly and difficult adoption procedures to be lawfully recognized as parent.