Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart

Pediatrics
Oskaloosa, IA
female

Locations

Office

Oskaloosa, IA

Address

1417 A Ave E , Suite 100, Oskaloosa, IA
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

Dr. Dennis-Smithart, a native of Oskaloosa, is happy to be practicing in her hometown. Even as a child she knew that she wanted to be a physcian, hence her nickname, Dr. Dennis. At the University of Iowa she was a member of Phi Eta Sigma Phi Beta Kappa, graduating with a BS in General Science with Honors and High Distinction. She earned her MD at the U of Iowa College of Medicine, specialized in Pediatrics at the University of Iowa. She is a board certified pediatrician, and is honored take part in your child's healthcare.

Specialties
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Pediatrics

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

341 Answers
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Doctor will decide: Most influenza doesn't require hospitalization; patients feel terrible, have severe fatigue, body aches, fever and cough. Influenza can be complicate... Read More
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NO: Insulin is the treatment for type i diabetes mellitus. These individuals do not make enough insulin, and must have supplemental insulin. While diet ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
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Thimersol: Thimersol is a preservative which is degraded into ethylmercury and thiosalicylate.It has been eliminated or reduced to trace amounts in all vaccines ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
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Mayo Medical: I think the mayo clinic has a good website for general patient education. It can be found at http://www.Mayo.Edu/mms/.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
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Dietary fiber: I encourage parents to boost fiber in the diet (esp. Fruits/vegies) when starting toilet training. The soft stools will be much easier to pass, espec... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
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Pinworm diagnosis: Early in the morning, before bathing, look closely at your child's recturm. Pinworms look like tiny white threads, or toilet paper residue. You can ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
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Hygiene: Stay away from those who are ill. Wash his hands, your own, and visitor's hands frequently, clean commonly touched object frequently (doorknobs, toys... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
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No: Tetanus spores are commonly found in the soil, and the disease has been associated with wounds contaminated with dirt, feces, saliva. It can even occ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
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Instinct: Babies are born with the instinct to breast feed. Even in the womb they have sucking action. Some are born with sucking blisters on their thumbs! mo... Read More
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Few safety concerns: Wash the pacifier, and examine it for defects (cracked, elongated nipple, etc.) if you find any defects-discard it. Never tie a string around the pa... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
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Varied activities: Spend the time talking about the sights, counting, singing, making rhymes, telling stories, coloring, looking at books, play 'i spy', travel bingo, et... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
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Safety first: Insist upon a helmet each time your child is on the bike-with or without training wheels. Bikes that are too small are usually the easiest, when sitt... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
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12 months: The aap recommends that all infants see a dentist by 12 months of age. Unfortunately, many states have a shortage of dentists who agree to see young ... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
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Croup treatment: Croup is a viral infection that can usually be managed at home, although it's reassuring to have a doctor examine your child. I instruct my parents t... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
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See your doctor: You should see your doctor-the 'charlie horse' could be a sign of pneumonia or costochondritis. If you have any shortness of breath-go immediately.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
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Matter of fact: Don't make it a big deal, and it won't be to your 5yo. You might start by creating a photo album of his family: mom, dad, gma, gpa, etc. Include so... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
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Reassurance: I'd like to watch your baby feed, and see how much he spits up. It sounds like it's perfectly normal. Some women have a strong milk ejection reflex ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
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They're common: Pinworms live in the bowel and lay tiny eggs outside the rectum; when the infected child's bottom itches-they scratch. The eggs remain on their hands... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
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Depends: Do you have on-going pain? Swelling? If your foot is functions normally, there is no pain or deformity-there's little need to worry. If you have pa... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
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See your doctor: Tuberculosis is an infectious disease, but symptoms may be slow to develop. I'd inform my doctor of the exposure, and he/she can determine the plan o... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
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Medicine cabinet: Thermometer, Normal Saline nose drops and bulb syringe, acetominophen (consider oral and suppository), bandaids, triple antibiotice ointment, Hydrocor... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
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Close contact: It is important to remember that lice don't fly or jump from person to person. Young children often huddle, with their heads touching one another. S... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Never: You don't need to introduce your child to video games. He will find them all too soon! video games can be addictive. Children who play them often w... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
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No.: Imperforate anus is a surgical emergency and requires immediate surgical evaluation, preferably by a pediatric surgeon experienced in the procedure.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
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One at a time: Like the aap, i strongly discourage the use of trampolines, because they are associated with many serious injuries. If parents insist upon owning one... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
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Variable: Your baby will need to pass several milestones before discharge. The doctor will want baby to be stable in mutlple areas, breathing, feeding, gaining... Read More
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Outie: Are you referring to a long umbilical stump? The amount of skin above the level of the abdomen, varies baby to baby. As the stump dries out, the ski... Read More
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No: Asthma is usually a breathing out noise, except in its more severe form when patients wheeze breathing in and out. All abnormal breathing should be e... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
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Relax!: If you are relaxed and matter-of-fact, your child will accept it without much fuss. Children reflect the attitude of their parents-if you are anxiou... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Children have difficulty distinguishing the virtual world from reality. Social skills suffer because children become preoccupied with the games; they ... Read More
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No.: I encourage families to allow their children to explore all types of toys and to avoid labeling them as 'boy toys' or 'girl toys'. Playing with dolls... Read More
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Vaccinate his family: Children under 6 months are not eligible for the flu shot, but are at great risk if they acquire the flu. It is essential that everyone in the baby's... Read More
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9 months: When baby begins to reach and hold things, he also puts them into his mouth. He may start finger feeding by 9 mo, using utensils by 12-15 months. Th... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
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Policy dependent: Most insurance companies offer different policies-and coverage varies. You'll need to call your company to see if this service is covered by your pol... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
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Public Health: Programs for free or reduced fee vaccines vary by county and state. Call your local public health agency, and ask them what's available in your commu... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
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Humidity: Croup can be scary for child and parent but can usually be managed at home.Encourage drinking fluids, run a vaporizer, sit in steamy shower. The more ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
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Not likely: If the only thing that's changed is the addition of lactaid milk it's a possibilty. It depends on what else baby is eating and was eating before the... Read More
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Call Dr. now: Signs of dehydration include fewer wet diapers, tears and saliva that is thicker than usual. Infants may become dehydrated in just a few hours. It s... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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No: Breastfeeding mothers can eat all things in moderation, but 'monster drinks' are not appropriate. They have way too much caffeine, and some contain ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
What vaccine? : Thimersol is a preservative and has been removed from or reduced to trace amounts in all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age an... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
See doctor: I'd suggest that you see the doctor, and describe what you're seeing. She may collect some of the fluid for culture and cytology to determine its sou... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Eye will still move : If you mean, will the eye still be able to move to follow objects-yes. Your ophthamologist can give you answers specific to your case.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
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2nd opinion?: If your doctor isn't meeting your expectations, you have a couple of options. 1) tell him your concerns and frustrations-maybe he doesn't know that ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Drowsy but awake: Self soothing is a valuable skill that babies learn as newborns, when parents put them down drowsy but awake. When we hold babies until asleep, they ... Read More
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Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Don't alternate: I don't recommend that you alternate antipyrectics like tylenol (acetaminophen) and advil. There is too great of a risk of accidentally overdosing on... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Louse comb: After you use a pediculocide (louse shampoo, cream rinse) you must mechanically remove the nits. This time consuming process should occur daily x 7 d... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Gingivitis?: How old is baby? While some babies are born with teeth, tooth eruption usually occurs b/w 4-9mo, and gum inflammation (gingivitis) would be unusual, ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Analgesics: Tylenol, (acetaminophen) Ibuprofen help with body aches (myalgias), but incompletely effective. If <48hrs, dr. Might give tamiflu. Try a warm bath, ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Asbestos: I dabbled in glass blowing, years ago. We used asbestos products in the process. Asbestos has been linked to lung cancer. I'm not sure if it is sti... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Walk: I assume you don't want to purchase equipment or go to a gym. There are many things that you can do without equipment-and walking is the easiest. It ... Read More
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Sep 16, 2013
Thanks for your contribution at Health Tap
Jan 27, 2013
Great responses, thorough, Impressive!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Dennis-Smithart is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Backs up what I found on Internet searches. Nice to have a professional opinion not just the Blogosphere.
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Thank you very much, I needed the contributing factors & how I can change it without medication - I am glad your help was more accurate!
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Thank You! wanted to know if it could be anything other than meningitis. he's been in/out of hosp. since he was 2wks & no improvement

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, IA
MD

Awards

Pediatric Recognition Award, (Referring Physician Award) Blank Children's Hospital, (outstanding contribution
Top Doctor, First Place, Iowa - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Iowa - Winter
2013
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