Timely Doctors Have Better Patient Satisfaction Scores

July 8, 2016 § Leave a comment

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As the owner and founder of Collin County Pediatrics in Frisco, Texas, Dr. Jay Schwartz is responsible for the care of hundreds of young people each year. Dr. Jay Schwartz has been repeatedly recognized as a local favorite, and is a recipient of the Vitals.com On-Time Doctor Award several times over.

Vitals recognizes physicians who earn top patient satisfaction scores in a variety of categories. In addition to honoring those who excel in a specific specialty or are particularly compassionate, the company identifies doctors who keep their appointments and maintain short wait times with the On-Time Doctor Award.

Recent research has provided some insight into the importance of short waiting times for patients. Though wait time does not seem to be as important to patients as one-on-one face time with their physicians, it does play a large role in patient satisfaction and willingness to return.

While a very good experience in the exam room can offset a long wait, the patients who are least satisfied with a physician tend to experience a very long wait coupled with a very short visit with the doctor.

Constipation in Children

June 27, 2016 § Leave a comment

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As owner of Collin County Pediatrics, Dr. Jay Schwartz offers compassionate care when treating the illnesses and injuries of childhood. Dr. Jay Schwartz also upholds a commitment to educating parents about common childhood health concerns, such as constipation.

Constipation can occur in children for a number of reasons. Sometimes, it stems from the child’s intentional avoidance of bowel movements, which may in turn be a result of potty training anxiety or other psychological distress surrounding use of the toilet.

Children may also become constipated due to dehydration or a lack of fiber in the diet. Changes to the child’s diet can disrupt the system and bring on constipation, as can a lack of appetite due to illness. Certain illnesses, such as hypothyroidism, directly contribute to constipation, while other illnesses require medication that disrupts the digestive system.

A child with constipation may complain that it hurts to pass stool, or that his or her stomach hurts. He or she may squirm and clench the buttocks in an effort to keep from having a bowel movement, as the stool has become painful to pass. As feces back up in the intestinal tract, the child may appear to soil his or her underwear, as liquid stool leaks around hardened feces inside the child’s rectum.

Most cases of constipation in children are treatable through a combination of dietary fiber, stool softeners, and regular use of the bathroom. However, parents should ensure that their child’s pediatrician consults on any potential treatment plan.

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – Symptom Categories

May 5, 2016 § Leave a comment

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As the founding owner of Collin County Pediatrics in Frisco, Texas, Dr. Jay Schwartz builds on more than 21 years of practice experience. During that time, Dr. Jay Schwartz developed in-depth knowledge of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and is frequently asked to share this expertise as an invited speaker.

Although some degree of impulsiveness and attention shifting is normal for any child, some children experience these symptoms to the degree that they interfere with the child’s functioning. These children may have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, which manifests in symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.

Each child with ADHD presents differently and may show symptoms in one, two, or three of these categories. Children who present with inattentive symptoms may have trouble with focus, organization, and staying on task. They may make careless mistakes in school and forget to do what seem like simple daily tasks, such as bringing homework to school.

Children with inattentive symptoms of ADHD may also have social challenges, as they can struggle with listening and staying on track in conversation. These struggles may combine with symptoms of impulsivity, which can make it difficult for a child to wait his or her turn to contribute to the conversation. Impulsive tendencies may also make a child interrupt or start talking when it is inappropriate to do so.

Impulsivity symptoms of ADHD may align closely with hyperactivity, which drives a child to move or talk constantly. These children may find it difficult to sit for any duration of time or to take part in quiet activities. When these or other symptoms interfere with a child’s ability to succeed or to meet social expectations, professional intervention may be necessary.

Antibiotic Use for Children’s Ear Infections

March 30, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Providing care at Collin County Pediatrics, a practice he owns, Dr. Jay Schwartz helps parents to understand their children’s medical needs and appropriate treatments. Dr. Jay Schwartz stands out as an advocate for proper antibiotic use and has spoken on this topic before various professional audiences.

Pediatricians often receive visits from worried parents who request antibiotics for their children’s ear infections. This treatment is both traditional and popular, but recent statements from doctors all over the world suggest that it is not always the most appropriate choice.

Biologically, ear infections develop following the introduction of bacteria or virus to the Eustachian tubes. This infection causes fluid and mucus to build up inside the ear, which in turn causes the child pain as well as other potential issues like hearing problems, headache, fever, and irritability. The infection may be extremely uncomfortable, but most do go away on their own. More than half of children begin to experience symptom relief within a day even without antibiotics, while 75 percent feel better within a week.

Antibiotic treatment may speed relief for some children, but this is only the case if a child’s ear infection is bacterial. Viruses do not respond to antibiotics, regardless of type or severity. Furthermore, some physicians are reluctant to prescribe antibiotics even for mild to moderate bacterial infections, as commonly prescribed medications often correlate with side effects and may cause the child to develop a serious antibiotic resistance. For this reason, many experts are now suggesting that physicians reserve antibiotics for severe or longer-lasting infections.