May 17, 2018 Comments Off on Encouraging Children to Eat in a Healthy Way
Based in Frisco, Texas, Dr. Jay Schwartz has a community-focused approach to pediatric care and offers quality services to young patients. One area in which Dr. Jay Schwartz regularly interacts with patients and their families is emphasizing the importance of a proper diet.
Good nutrition begins with a well-balanced breakfast that is high in the protein that will give the child energy throughout the day. Excellent on-the-go options include whole-wheat bread with egg, Greek yogurt, and fruits such as bananas and apples dipped in nut butter. Instead of just providing money for cafeteria meals, take time to prepare a healthy meal that minimizes sugar and processed food items.
One of the easiest ways to encourage proper health is to cut sweets wherever possible, whether through limiting candy and soda consumption or seeking out snacks with low levels of added sugar. Recipes can often be modified to contain a half or quarter the recommended sugar without impacting the flavor.
One vital aspect of childhood nutrition to remember is that, since children learn from their parents, it is important to lead by example. If you consume healthy foods, it is likely that the child will pick up similar habits. Remember that negative body comments and obsessive weight watching and calorie counting can filter down to the child and eventually contribute to issues such as bulimia and anorexia.
May 7, 2018 Comments Off on Study Shows Reading Aloud Helps with Children’s Emotional Development
Dr. Jay Schwartz is a pediatrician and the owner of Texas-based Collin County Pediatrics, which he founded in 2007. With a medical degree from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Dr. Jay Schwartz maintains active membership in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an organization of more than 60,000 qualified members.
The AAP website features a recent study on the role of parents in shaping the social and emotional development of their children. The study, published in this year’s April issue of Pediatrics, examines the benefits of reading aloud and role-playing.
Titled “Reading Aloud, Play, and Social-Emotional Development,” the paper explains how children who participated in an experimental program exhibited fewer problematic behavioral conditions, such as hyperactivity and aggression, upon starting school. The program involved parents recording themselves as they read to and played with their children under the guidance of a coach.
The authors conclude the study by promoting reading aloud for children up to age 5, which is thought to successfully enhance the social and emotional development of children.
April 26, 2018 Comments Off on Steps to Take in Case of an Animal Bite
A well established physician in the Frisco, Texas medical community, Dr. Jay Schwartz assists pediatric patients with a range of health issues. Among the areas in which Dr. Jay Schwartz has extensive knowledge are animal and human bites.
With bites, one area of concern is rabies. The animals that can carry and pass on the disease, even without showing signs of being rabid, include raccoons, coyotes, foxes, skunks, and bats. In the United States, bats are responsible for 90 percent of human rabies bites and may pass on the potentially fatal disease without leaving noticeable marks.
Smaller animals such as rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, and prairie dogs do not carry the disease. With them, the primary concern is that any bite wound or scratch can become infected. Similarly, pet bites from hamsters, gerbils, mice, and guinea pigs do not pose a rabies risk.
Remember that bites that do not break the skin also do not pose an infection risk. In the case of bites that do break the skin, run water with soap over the bite for five minutes. Once any blood is flushed out, scrub a little more until the wound bleeds slightly, as a way of ensuring the wound is cleaned out.
If bleeding continues, place pressure on the wound with a clean cloth or gauze pad. Antibiotic creams such as nonprescription Polysporin may be used for three days, three times a day. Always consult a physician if a bite might involve rabies or starts to look infected (shows redness, red streaks, or pus).
April 21, 2018 Comments Off on Symptoms of Childhood Eczema
As owner of Collin County Pediatrics in Frisco, Texas, Dr. Jay Schwartz draws on 20 years of practice experience. In that time, Dr. Jay Schwartz has developed an in-depth knowledge of eczema and its symptoms.
Eczema is a common skin condition that can affect patients of any age. It causes areas of skin to become irritated, red, and itchy, although the rash may appear different, depending on the child’s age.
Young infants with eczema typically develop bumps on the face or scalp. It may then spread across the body and could begin to ooze.
Older babies are more likely to develop rash on the knees and elbows, where crawling may irritate the area. This can lead to the development of an infection, which manifests as crusty bumps.
Toddler eczema also can develop on the joints as well as around the mouth and eyes. Eczema on a toddler tends to appear scalier than it did in the child’s infancy, and this trend is likely to continue as the child gets older.
Eczema frequently becomes less severe as a child enters school age. Some older children still do experience eczema flare-ups, often on the elbow and knee folds. Flare-ups may become worse during puberty, when stress and hormones combine with an increased use of body care products to irritate the skin.
Eczema is treatable, often through topical corticosteroid creams. A physician can recommend an appropriate course of treatment, while also determining if there are any environmental triggers the child should avoid.