Most children suffer from illnesses from time to time. In only a small part of these ill children parents decide to seek professional help. So, most child health care is carried out by parents. In general, this phenomenon is called the iceberg of symptoms. The part of the iceberg under the surface is the illness that is experienced but not brought to the attention of a health care provider. Often this illness is of a self-limiting nature and medical attention is not necessary. The part above the surface consists of the illnesses brought to the attention of a health care professional, which In The Netherlands is the general practitioner (GP) for adults as well as for children.

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Ministerie van Onderwijs en Wetenschappen
A. Prins (Ad)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

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