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Welcome to ABC Pediatrics!

  
Office Addresses
Central Office:
3533 S. Alameda St.
Sloan Bldg., Suite 303
Corpus Christi, TX 78411   
Tel: 361-853-3222
Fax: 361-853-7311
Southside Office:
5945 Saratoga Blvd.
Suite C
Corpus Christi, TX 78414
Tel: 361-853-3222
Fax: 361-980-3619
Answering Exchange for both offices: 361-887-5719
 
 
We recommend a yearly physical for children of all ages. This enables us to monitor your children's height and weight, check hearing and vision, and make sure their vaccines are up to date. Schools and summer camps usually require a physical to have been done within the previous 12 months. Be sure to call us 4 to 6 weeks in advance to schedule your child's physicals, especially during the busy summer months.


News and Announcements

Two of our Pediatricians Change Offices

Dr. Eireen Chua has moved to our Saratoga office. Dr. Chua received her medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. She completed a pediatric residency at the Hospital of the Infant Jesus in Manila and a second pediatric residency at Driscoll Children's Hospital. She is board certified in Pediatrics and accepting new families into her practice.
 
Dr Lynae Canales has moved her practice to our South Alameda office effective March 2013.
 
 
Changes in dosing for infant acetaminophen (Tylenol)

Beginning in 2011, the FDA has mandated changes to acetaminophen dosing. One major change affecting parents is the elimination of the concentrated infant drops. All infant acetaminophen products will be supplied with an oral syringe dispenser rather than the dropper, with different measurements and dosing. See our page on dosing acetaminophen for more details.

Insect Repellents

Protecting your child from insect bites is important. These bites can be itchy and uncomfortable, may cause swelling, and may become infected. They can also cause the spread of diseases such as West Nile Virus. Insect repellents are useful, but it's important to know which repellents to choose and how to use them.

Products containing DEET are some of the best for repelling mosqitoes and ticks. Products can contain different concentrations of DEET. Higher concentrations last longer, but don't repel the insects any better. 10% DEET lasts approximately 3 hours. DEET is safe for infants two months and older. Picaridin is a good alternative to DEET, and is safe for infants 6 months of age and older.

Oil of lemon eucalyptus is a good choice if you want a "natural" or plant-based repellent, but hasn't been proven safe yet for children younger than 3 years of age. It can last up to 6 hours, while other plant-based repellents such as citronella last for two hours or less.

Permethrin is a good insect repellent but is sprayed only on clothes, never skin. Allow the clothes to dry completely before wearing.

Tips for safe use of repellents:
  • Don't use repellents under clothing, or on broken skin.
  • Don't apply repellents to eyes or mouth.
  • Don't spray repellents directly on the face. Spray on hands first and then apply to the face.
  • Don't allow children to handle repellents. Apply repellent to your own hands first, then apply to the child's skin.
  • Avoid heavy application. If insects don't respond to a thin film, then apply a bit more.
  • After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water, or bathe the child.
  • Follow the product label directions!
--Courtesy of Prescriber's Letter, copyright 2010