If its after office hours, please page us with your
non-emergency medical questions until 10 pm.
Specializing in Infants and Children
Our office specializes in the needs of medically fragile infants and
children. These "special needs" children are former premature infants,
children with asthma, as well as children who have various
developmental delays and birth defects. Dr. Ray and her staff were
trained through the Medical Home Project on setting the office up to
serve as a true "medical home" for children with chronic health
Dr. Ray and Dr. Settles would like for this website to serve as a way for
parents to research their children's special needs. This website does not
substitute as a doctor, if you have questions pertaining to you child's health
they urge you to contact your child's physician.
The Casa Alegre Buzz is Here!
The Summer Safety Edition of our newsletter is now available in the
office or for download. The Casa Alegre Buzz is printed quarterly and
contains updates on our office, information relevant to the current
season, and health tips for your family. The Summer Safety edition
contains information on insect repellent, sun protection, heat
exhaustion, and bicycle safety. To download a printable copy of our
Winter 2005 Spring 2006 Summer 2006 Fall 2006
Bug Safety* Don't use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays on your child.
* Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods and gardens where flowers are in bloom.
* Avoid dressing your child in clothing with bright colors or flowery prints.
* To remove a visible stinger from skin, gently scrape it off horizontally with a credit card or your fingernail.
* Combination sunscreen/insect repellent products should be avoided because sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, but the insect repellent should not be reapplied.
* Insect repellents containing DEET are most effective against ticks and mosquitoes, especially those that carry West Nile Virus.
* The concentration of DEET in products may range from less than 10 percent to over 30 percent. The benefits of DEET reach a peak at a concentration of 30 percent, the maximum concentration currently recommended for infants and children. DEET should not be used on children under 2 months of age.
* The concentration of DEET varies significantly from product to product, so read the label of any product you purchase.