About Us

A Letter To Our Patients
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We understand that taking care of children’s health needs is a tremendous privilege. At Preferred Pediatrics of Lafayette, we think the best care occurs when the entire family is comfortable with the location and people providing the care.  We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of care, but just as importantly, we want that care to be personalized for the unique needs or your child and family. By doing so, we hope to be a blessing to the families we serve.

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To schedule an appointment, please call 765.807.8180.

Office Phone: 765.807.8180
Billing Questions: 765.449.2732 or toll-free 888.449.2732
Office Fax: 765.807.8181

For your convenience, we are in the office, Monday through Friday: 8 am – 5 pm.  If you have a medical issue or concern after hours and you’re an established Unity Healthcare patient, call your physician for further direction. All others, visit Unity Immediate Care Center or seek emergency medical assistance as needed at a local hospital.

Locations

3774 Bayley Drive, Suite B
Lafayette, IN 47905
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Services

Well-Child Visits

Benefits of Choosing a Pediatrician for Well-Child Visits

Children’s health care needs are different from those of adults. Pediatricians are trained to care for the special health care needs of children and to prevent and manage health problems in newborns, infants, children, teens, and young adults. A special bond is often developed over the years between the child, parents, and pediatrician.

Benefits of Well-Child Visits:

Regular well-child visits (health checkups) are important throughout childhood. These checkups ensure that children from birth to age 21:

  • Are developing and growing well
  • Are up-to- date with their recommended  to protect them from many serious diseases
  • Continue to stay healthy and safe

These visits also create strong, trustworthy relationships between the pediatrician, parent(s), and child. The best time to begin building these is before your child feels sick or needs a checkup for school.

Recommended Well-Child Visits:

  • 3-5 days after birth and within 48 to 72 hours after leaving the hospital
  • 1 month (experienced parents can wait until 2 months)
  • 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, and 18 months
  • 2 years
  • Every year from age 3 until age 21

Injury Prevention

Skinned knees and other boo-boos are unavoidable as your children grow and explore the world.  No amount of bubble wrap will keep them 100% safe. However, there are things that you can do to make sure they are safe from serious harm, and your doctor may want to discuss one or more of these topics during your child’s appointment.

  • Follow car safety guidelines appropriate for your child’s age and size.
  • Insist your kids wear helmets while riding their bikes and protective gear when playing sports.  
  • Practice gun safety.  Keep firearms unloaded and in a locked cabinet.   
  • Ensure you have working smoke detectors, and your all members of your family know what to do in case of a fire.
  • Follow home safety guidelines, i.e. keep medication, detergent pods, and cleaning supplies out of the reach of children.
  • Teach your child about “stranger danger” and knows the difference between “good touch” and “bad touch”.
  • Teach internet safety.

Vaccines

Health Maintenance Exams including age-appropriate vaccinations are the best way to ensure the healthy growth of your child. Vaccines can start at 6 weeks of age. Combination vaccines are generally recommended to reduce the number of shots given.

Age Vaccine(s)
2 Month/4 Month Pediarix (DTap, Hep B, IPV); Pedvax (HIB); Rotateq (Rotavirus); PCV13 (Pneumococcal)
6 Month Pediarix (DTap, Hep B, IPV); Rotateq (Rotavirus); PCV13 (Pneumococcal)
9 Month Catch Up
12 Month Havrix (Hep A); MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella); Varicella (Chickenpox)
15 Month Pedvax (HIB); PCV13 (Pneumococcal)
18 Month Infanrix (DTap); Havrix (Hep A)
2 Year Catch Up
4-5 Year Kinrix (DTap, IPV), Proquad (MMR, Varicella)
11-12 Year Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis); Menveo (Meningococcal); Gardasil* (Human Pappillomavirus)
17 Year ** Bexsero (Men B) – 2 doses separated by 1 month; Menveo (Meningococcal) – Booster

* Gardasil: Given at 11 or 12 can be given as early as 9 years old.  Age 9-14 get 2 doses separated by 6-12 months.  Age 15-up get 3 doses. Second dose is 2 months after first and third dose is 6 months after first or 12 weeks after second.

* * These vaccines are required with the 2018-2019 school year

Download the vaccine chart for your convenience.

Sick and Injury Visits

Any parent who has had a sick kid has wrestled with the question, “Should I call the doctor?” Whether it’s for medicine, minor illnesses, injures, or even parenting advice, you should always feel free to call our office. Based on your child’s symptoms, we may be able to direct you how to care for him or her at home, or ask that you to bring your child in to the office.

Fevers can cause the most panic in parents.  Remember that a fever is a symptom of the body fighting an infection, which is a good thing.  Use this dosing guide to keep your child’s fever at bay. Always call the doctor if:

  • Your baby is under 3 months and has a fever of 100.4
  • Your baby is older than 3 months, but is also weak or vomiting, or if the fever lasts for more than 3 days.
  • Your child has a high fever of over 104 degrees.
Lactation Support Center

We want you to feel confident and empowered in your new role as a parent.   Internet and written resources are readily available, but nothing takes the place of individualized care.  We are your partner as you start this parenthood journey. We offer:

• Lactation Consultations 
• Doctor Referral Consultations 
• Individual Breastfeeding Prenatal Classes 
• Breast Pump Rentals, Fittings and Information 
• Back to Work Management Information 
• Support Services for Mothers, Infants / Children and Families

Patients

Thank you for choosing Preferred Pediatrics of Lafayette. We look forward to caring for you. The following information is important so we can continue to provide high quality care for all of our patients.

After Hours: If you have a concern after hours or during the weekend, please call our office and our answering service will connect you with the physician on call. Medicaid patients should call the Medicaid Hotline at 866.800.8780.

Cancellations: Please call at least 24 hours in advance to cancel your appointment. A pattern of missed appointments may result in discharge from the practice.

*If you have Indiana Medicaid, missed appointments or cancellations may result in loss of coverage.

Minors: All patients under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian accompany them unless there is a consent form on file. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Newborn Hospital Charges: Most insurance plans only allow 30 days after a baby’s birth to add the newborn to your policy. It is your responsibility to contact our office once the baby is added to your policy so we may submit the charges to the correct insurance. If you do not contact us within insurance filing limits, the charges will remain your responsibility.

Payment: We take the same insurance as other Unity partners. Some insurance plans require that you meet a deductible before they pay while others require a co-pay for visits. Please contact your insurance company to understand your financial responsibility. We collect co-pays at the time of service.

Prescriptions: Refill requests are processed Monday through Friday 8 am – 4 pm. You can also request refills from your pharmacy.

School/Daycare/Sports Forms: Please give us at least 24 hours to complete these forms. Be sure to provide a fax number when you drop the forms at the office if you need the form faxed somewhere.

What to Bring: Please bring your insurance card(s), photo ID, and medication list to your appointment.

Patient Forms

Please print and fill out the appropriate forms prior to your child’s scheduled appointment.

Preferred Pediatrics Forms
Patient Education

Make sure to give your child the appropriate amount of pain reliever. Print this Handy Guide and keep it with your medications. Make sure that all medications are out of reach of your child.

The handouts and information you receive in our office comes from the American Academy of Pediatrics. We have purchased an online subscription so you have access to information about illnesses and injuries most common to children, whenever you need it. We are pleased to offer this service to you.

 


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