First week of the child
If you breastfeed your child, try to put your child on your breast every 3 to 4 hours. Of course, you are allowed to do this earlier if the child indicates that it wants to drink (awake, smacking noises, tongue out of its mouth, searching movements with its head). In the beginning it is perfectly normal for the child to drink 10 to 12 times a day. Breastfeeding works on the basis of supply and demand. The more often the child drinks, the more milk will be produced.
If you give formula, the first day you can offer your child 10 to 20 ml every 3 to 4 hours. This amounts will gradually be increased in the following days.
Shaken Baby Syndrome
Shaken Baby Syndrome is a consequence of shaking a baby. It can cause serious damage and can even have death as a result. There doesn't even have to be intense shaking in order for this to happen.
Shaking a child is rarely an act of agression; most of the time a parent acts out of total frustration. This happens for example when a parent experiences a lot of stress, is very tired or if a child cries a lot. Often people are ashamed and don't seek help.
As parents you shouldn't be ashamed if you can not deal with certain situations. When there is a time that it is all too much for you, it is better to take some distance, literally get away from the situation. Put your child somewhere safe and walk away. If possible, give the responsibility to someone else temporarily (partner, family, neighbour) so that you can take a breath. And ask for help from your general practicioner or the consultatiebureau.
For more information read the brochure 'Screening tests for new born babies'.
Youth Health Care
Youth Health Care is a national service, free of charge, that checks the growth and development from children in the age of 0 to 18 years. The first 4 years you and your child visit the children's health care centre ("consultatiebureau"). A youth doctor and a nurse check for example your child's overall health, growth, development, speech, hearing, sight and movement. They will administer the vaccinations and you can ask all your questions about raising a child.
In Eindhoven and surroundings Zuidzorg provides Youth Health Care for children up to 4 years old. They also have CB4internationals, a children's health care centre dedicated to the care for internationals.
The consultatiebureau will contact you in the second week after birth.