Breastfeeding – Benefits to Infants

May 16, 2017 § Leave a comment

 

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Board-certified pediatrician Dr. Jay Schwartz owns and operates Collin County Pediatrics in Frisco, Texas. Through his clinic, Dr. Jay Schwartz offers guidance to new mothers on important matters like breastfeeding.

Leading pediatric groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend the breastfeeding of infants. Experts make such a blanket recommendation on account of the myriad benefits the practice imparts to infants.

One type of benefit owes to the nutritional quality of breast milk, which contains the full range of nutrients required by a growing infant. Unlike infant formula, breast milk is also very easy to digest.

Besides its nutritional benefits, breast milk comes fortified with antibodies that help develop an infant’s immune system. According to research, breastfeeding appears to reduce the risk of asthma and allergies in infants.

The AAP suggests that infants be breastfed at least a year. Mothers can continue breastfeeding beyond that point for as long as they see fit.

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Texas Pediatric Society Hosts Its 2017 Annual Meeting in October

May 5, 2017 § Leave a comment

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Since 2007, Dr. Jay Schwartz has operated Collin County Pediatrics found in Frisco, Texas. To help him remain compliant, Dr. Jay Schwartz maintains membership with several professional institutions, one of which includes the Texas Pediatric Society (TPS).

As the Texas chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the TPS promotes health and welfare of the children living in Texas. The nonprofit organization hopes that all children within the state can achieve their full potential for emotional, physical, and social health. To help it achieve its goals, the TPS boasts a membership of more than 3,700 physicians, fellows, residents, and medical students.

Each year, the TPS hosts a meeting where these members gather, share ideas, and garner continuing medical education (CME) credits. The 2017 annual meeting, scheduled for October 5 through 8, takes place at the Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West in Plano. This four-day event is the largest gathering of pediatricians in Texas, with the 2016 meeting attended by 325 health professionals.

Treating Ear Infections in Children

April 25, 2017 § Leave a comment

 

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Dr. Jay Schwartz, a pediatrician and fellow with the American Academy of Pediatrics, owns Collin County Pediatrics of Frisco, Texas. In addition to a wide variety of other childhood and adolescent illnesses and conditions, Dr. Jay Schwartz has significant experience treating ear infections.

When doctors diagnose children with ear infections, it means that their middle ear is inflamed, usually due to a bacterial or viral infection that causes a buildup of fluid behind the eardrum. The condition is fairly common in very young children, with more than 80 percent of patients experiencing at least one such infection by the time they turn 3. The condition can cause a host of unpleasant symptoms like pain, trouble balancing, fever, and problems with hearing and sleeping.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most cases of pediatric ear infections do not require antibiotics. In fact, for many children, ear infections resolve satisfactorily without treatment.

Physicians, therefore, may take a wait-and-see approach before deciding whether or not to prescribe antibiotics or pursue other options. In the meantime, parents can administer appropriate over-the-counter treatments or home remedies to alleviate their children’s symptoms.

Immunizations – Infants

April 6, 2017 § Leave a comment

 

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Dr. Jay Schwartz provides preventative care like vaccinations and other medical services to children through Collin County Pediatrics of Frisco, Texas. To train for his career as pediatrician, Dr. Jay Schwartz secured his MD at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

During the first 15 months of infants’ lives, doctors recommend that they receive a regimen of vaccinations that prevent serious illnesses. Immunization starts so early in a child’s life to ensure they are protected before they come into contact with disease.

The initial immunization schedule begins at birth, when newborns receive their first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine. Starting at about two months old, infants then get a series of vaccinations for conditions like the flu, diphtheria, and polio.

Vaccines may cause mild side effects such as fever and soreness at the site of the injection. These usually go away within 48 hours. Research demonstrates that vaccinations are quite safe and that there is no link between vaccinations and conditions like autism.

For more information about childhood vaccination, please visit cdc.gov.

Caring for Newborns – Common Health Issues

August 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Dr. Jay Schwartz, a pediatrician, treats newborns and older children through his practice in Frisco, Texas. Before becoming a physician, Dr. Jay Schwartz earned his MD from Northwestern University.

When parents first take their infants home after delivery, the new responsibilities, including feedings and diaper changes, can be daunting. Along with those responsibilities, parents ought to stay vigilant concerning their infants’ health, especially considering that newborns have special vulnerabilities.

Some common conditions that appear in infants include abdominal distention, which means that the stomach swells out. This is normal if it occurs following a feeding and if the belly feels soft. However, if the belly feels hard, it can signal intestinal problems.

Mild jaundice, or the yellowing of the skin resulting from the buildup of bilirubin in the blood, frequently manifests in healthy infants because the liver has yet to begin operating at full capacity in filtering out bilirubin. As the liver reaches its potential, the jaundice will disappear. All infants with jaundice need to be examined by a doctor.

Finally, rashes caused by skin contact with urine and feces as it collects in diapers happens often in newborns. Parents can reduce the risk of such rashes by changing diapers more frequently and ensuring the diaper area is thoroughly dried. Applying a diaper cream may also help prevent rashes from occurring.

Recognizing Signs of ADHD in Children

July 27, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Dr. Jay Schwartz attended Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where he graduated in the top 25 percent of his class. Dr. Jay Schwartz treats and diagnosis both behavioral and health issues at Collin County Pediatrics.

Because young children often have some difficulty paying attention, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be difficult to diagnose. Regardless, ADHD is more than just normal childhood behavior. A number of specific signs indicate that the disorder may be present in a child.

A child who is showing signs of an inability to focus is a key sign that ADHD may be present. Being fidgety and impulsive is also a major indicator. A child may shout out comments during an inappropriate time, become highly impatient with others, and become prone to having outbursts. Ultimately, a pediatrician is the one who can accurately diagnose and treat a child accordingly.

How to Get Involved with Upward Sports

July 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Based in Frisco, Texas, Dr. Jay Schwartz treats patients as the owner of Collin County Pediatrics. Also an active member of his community, Dr. Jay Schwartz volunteers as a basketball coach with Upward Sports.

Since its inception more than two decades ago, Upward Sports has grown into the most prominent Christian-based youth sporting nonprofit in the world. Now serving around 500,000 youths across the United States, the organization supports the physical and spiritual growth of its players with the help of dedicated supporters. From lending your time during games to leading a sports team, here are a number of ways in which you can get involved with Upward Sports:

Coaching
If you are looking to share your sporting knowledge with young players, you may support Upward Sports as a coach. You will not only facilitate the success of the organization’s individual teams, but also serve as a mentor to each player under your wing and foster their social development.

Starting a program
Support your local youths by starting an Upward Sports program in your area. Through the organization, your church can initiate a Recreation Division, a personal development-building program which is designed for children in elementary and middle school. Upward Sports also allows you to begin a Performance Division for older students. In this division, you will lead club teams dedicated to cultivating each youth’s athletic potential.

Volunteering
Playing an important role in Upward Sports’ programs, volunteers facilitate the success of games and other events. You can support the organization in a number of roles, such as food service worker and referee.

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