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The sequel of Remo Largo

Actually, Oskar Jenni was in the intensive care unit of the children's hospital of Zurich, very familiar. Finally, he worked in the Department for some time as a paediatrician. He brought his medical Knowledge and be Able to support the often very young patients to be healthy again. He knew also the limits of the medicine , if there is no high-tech devices or medicines died more helped and a child.

But then he himself stood on the other "side" and experienced all the Fears, worried parents have to go through. "We cried and prayed. And asked us what time we had done this at all recently," recalls Jenni. Because his first son, which was released in 1999, the world had to be immediately after the birth, exactly on the to him so familiar Station moved. The body was blue, and the muscles flaccid, as he suffered from respiratory distress syndrome. Called for the doctor immediately started with resuscitation measures and intubated the little patients on an emergency basis. His wife, a gynecologist by profession, asked if the child living at all, since you've heard a scream.

"The birth of our first child was an incredibly dramatic Moment," he says during our Meeting at the children's hospital of Zurich. His son was in an infant incubator with ventilator, surrounded by infusion pumps, catheters and measurement instruments. Luckily, he took after a few days will not have artificial respiration more, and the exhausted parents were able to take him then for the first Time in the arms.

Between life and death

This unbearable Fear, between life and death, between machines, hoses and cables described Jenni a few years ago, very impressive in an Essay in the medical journal "The Lancet". The shock of the totally unexpected role reversal, and change in Perspective led at the time that he returned to the intensive care medicine the back. First, he conducted research on the sleep behaviour, later on the motor, cognitive and social development of the healthy and the sick children. Since 2005, Jenni directs the Department of developmental paediatrics at the Zurich children's hospital. He entered the succession of Remo Largo, whose well-known books, including "baby years", required reading for many parents.

Also, Jenni has as its predecessor the Knowledge to child development, and is currently writing a book, which will be released in 2020 for a broad audience. At the time of our conversation in an old Villa of the hospital, he is sitting in a typical exam room the development of paediatric outpatient clinics in addition to a bright green wall with a white, glued on butterflies, a red toy box as well as of Babar, the beloved king of the elephants, the squats just spent all alone on an investigation. From the outside, the babble of a small listening child.

in addition to his work at the children's hospital, Oskar Jenni has recently established a Foundation-funded "Academy for the child" at the Zurich Falk road. Lectures for a broad audience, courses for professionals, and a memorable circle, he wants to increase the social acceptance of the diversity of children. According to the Motto: "Every child is different," says Jenni, who is himself a father of four boys aged 19, 16, 15 and 11. The oldest with the difficult Start could have been developed into a pleasing and row successfully at the Seeclub Zurich. The second wants to study medicine, the third is the liveliest, requires a lot of attention, and the fourth a particularly strong personality, a blend of the older siblings.

The Department of developmental paediatrics the children's hospital, clarifies annually 1500 children and Teenagers. Photo:

The more diversity, the better for the company, Oskar Jenni. We needed people with different skills. The large variability is from an evolutionary point of view in a sensible and secure our long term Survival. But he knew that the heterogeneity of children for parents and teachers is an enormous challenge. A lot of creativity and flexibility are in demand. With concern he observed, however, that our society has increasingly higher expectations of the children and they have less and less time for personal development.

With in-game observations, motor activity tests, intelligence tests, or behavioral analysis be clarified to the Department of developmental paediatrics the children's hospital each year, 1500 children and young people. In Switzerland, about five to ten percent of children have a developmental disorder such as autism or ADHD, which require special support measures. Today will prescribed already in case of slight development abnormalities quickly a therapy, and school and parents tried desperately to equality of opportunity for all. "A balancing of the heterogeneity between the children is impossible," says Jenni. Therefore, it is important that there is a wide range of development possibilities for different needs. And that children learn in the course of its development, as the effect of its own power something Positive can change.


depends on Whether or not a child is successful in the end, however, of very many factors. One of the characteristics that bring the child itself, and on the other, from the environment that we provide, as well as of the respective models. However, the development of a child cannot be influenced in a targeted manner, or possibly even to desire control. So, too, Jenni, and his Team found that the behavior of the movement or the spiritual development comes mainly from the child, his age, his biological and psychological properties.

parents should have more confidence in the abilities of your child, a sense of security and provide a feeling of safety, but also a framework and structure. "It is important to feel what you can cope with a child and the situations in which it is overwhelmed, and the support and leadership needed," says Jenni. It does not need a good Dose of Serenity, in order to transfer its own claims on the child.

That children demand, however, again and again, he knows himself only too well. He remembers, such as his oldest son as a Baby for several weeks during the day and at night as on a spit and screamed. It was to Despair, says Jenni. This is said to have reinforced him to go to the behavior and nature of children scientifically. The experience at the birth of his first son, had taught him also how vulnerable not only children, but also their parents.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 05.01.2019, 18:45 PM

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