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.
March 28, 2018 Comments Off on Selecting a Baby Formula
Based in Frisco, Texas, Dr. Jay Schwartz has led Collin County Pediatrics since 2007. Emphasizing patient education, a host of informational resources for parents, including extensive information on infant breast-feeding and bottle-feeding, is available at http://www.collincountypediatrics.com.
Infant formulas are made from milk-protein, soy-protein, or hydrolysate bases, with milk formulas recommended for most babies. In certain cases, such as when a baby has severe diarrhea due to acquired lactase deficiency, a switch from milk to soy formula may be recommended. Allergy to cow’s milk also affects 1–2 percent of babies, and in these cases, a switch to hydrolysate formula is recommended, since a significant proportion of babies who are allergic to milk protein are also allergic to soy protein. Approximately one-fifth of bottle-fed babies receive soy instead of milk formulas—in the majority of cases with no specific health-related rationale.
Switching a baby from one formula to another can often be counterproductive. Pediatricians advise that this approach is of negligible value in resolving issues such as spitting up and gas. Consulting with an experienced pediatric physician, such as Dr. Jay Schwartz, is highly recommended prior to any formula switch.
May 16, 2017 Comments Off on Breastfeeding – Benefits to Infants
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.