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Parenting is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week challenge. Little ones don’t come with instruction manuals.

Parenting is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week challenge. Little ones don’t come with instruction manuals, and that means lots of questions, often after-hours or on weekends. When your baby has a fever, your toddler seems lethargic or your grade-schooler flips off a skateboard in a bad way, you can’t wait until Monday morning. You want immediate help.

That is why so many families choose Coastal Pediatric Associates. Unlike traditional medical practices, the physicians, nurse practitioners and office staff at Coastal Pediatric Associates operate on your schedule. The offices – there are two, one in Mount Pleasant and another in West Ashley – are open seven days a week for well and sick visits and are on call 24 hours to answer questions and offer advice when you are worried in the wee hours. And Monday through Thursday, the offices open at 7 a.m. and don’t close until 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. in West Ashley – a boon to working parents.

“We’re the only pediatrics practice open seven days,” Dr. Elizabeth Kirlis said, adding that extended hours mean fewer unnecessary emergency room visits and more convenience. “When parents are worried, they don’t want to wait until 9 a.m., so they love that we open at 7.”

As much as parents appreciate Coastal Pediatric Associates, kids might love it more. The offices and atmosphere are welcoming and child-centered. The walls are adorned with whimsical art by a local muralist, which helps children feel better.

The success of the practice is based on the caring staff, round-the-clock access and willingness to help. And both locations are expanding and adding more doctors who like the concept. As parents themselves, they understand your concerns. All physicians are board-certified, but, beyond that, they have special interests, such as autism spectrum or childhood allergies.

In addition to their physical locations, Coastal Pediatric Associates offers a virtual “office” online with a patient portal for making appointments and requesting medication refills or copies of records, as well as health news and information for new parents. You can also meet the doctors online to learn more about their specialties. With 20 providers on staff, one is bound to be a perfect fit.

“We’re very flexible here,” Dr. Kirlis said. “We want to fit your schedule. Parents really appreciate the convenience.”

Coastal Pediatric Associates also reaches out with its free series, “What to Expect,” a class that provides helpful information for firsttime parents.

Parents have many questions through the growing years. Is that sniffle a cold or an allergy? What is the difference? Can allergies appear suddenly?

If you don’t know, call one of your new family friends at Coastal Pediatric Associates. You’ll get instant relief.

Coastal Pediatric Associates is located at 1952 Long Grove Drive, suite 202, in Mount Pleasant. For an appointment, call (843) 971-2992. The West Ashley office is located at 2051 Charlie Hall Blvd.; the phone number is (843) 573-2535. Additional information can be found at

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