Dr. R Smith

Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Metairie, LA
28 years experience male

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Senior Medical Director for a group that provides pediatric emergency and critical care services to community hospitals around the US. Trained in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Akron Children's Hospital. Medical School at The Ohio State University. Undergraduate degree from Cornell University

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Pediatric Emergency Medicine

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A 28-year-old male asked:
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PCR: Polymerase chain reaction is a method of finding a specific piece of dna and copying it over and over again until there is enough to study. The techn... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
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Headaches in Kids: I tell families to believe what they see from a young child, not what they hear. A child who complains of headache but remains playful/active is fine... Read More
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Not Likely: Seizures lasting less than 20-30 minutes almost never cause any injury in an otherwise healthy child. A fatality from a seizure this length would be ... Read More
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Many Solutions...: Antibiotic treatment doesn't affect the total time frame of strep symptoms by much. So, over-the-counter and home remedies are the way to go for the p... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
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Roughly the same: Usually, floppy/limp refers to a baby whose muscle tone is unusually low. This has a wide variety of causes and needs evaluation by a specialist (neu... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
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Could be viral but..: Without knowing more about it (where is it? Eg all over vs just one area), it is hard to speculate. Itchy/bumpy is usually some sort of contact derm... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
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Jock-Itch?: This could be fungal. Try alternating Hydrocortisone with something like Lamisil (terbinafine) at for a week.
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A 32-year-old male asked:
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Not unless instructe: Your child needs to be assessed by a neurologist. Never use any seizure medication in a way that was not prescribed by someone who specializes in sei... Read More
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Talk to OB: A lot of people take low doses of this type of drug for this reason and it shouldn't be a problem if taken occasionally, but as much as possible, it s... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
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Ignore: Croup is caused by many viruses so cases occur year round. After age 7-8, most kids stop getting it.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
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Ignore: Aspirin is still not recommended in kids during chicken pox infection. Stick to Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin.
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Hard to know: Without more description or a picture, it is hard to know. Would see a primary care physician and see about dermatology referral if he doesn't know. ... Read More
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Anesthesia: First off, the technical definition of fever is 100.5 or better. The range of normal temps can get into the low 100's without being consider a fever.... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
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Call Specialist: It is always best to call the specialist performing the colonoscopy to ask this question. I would proceed with the procedure if it were my decision, ... Read More
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Many Possibilities: Certainly this could be tonsillitis or strep throat, but there are many possibilities here. Hard to know for certain without seeing it. If the pains... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
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Possibly: Meningitis can damage the brain and cause problems in tone, but only certain types of meningitis carry a significant risk of brain damage. If meningi... Read More
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Itchy White Spots: This sounds like something known as dyshidrotic eczema, but without a picture or more description of the rash, it's hard to know. Would check with a ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
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Pertussis was foun: It means that they found evidence that the bacteria that causes whooping cough was present in the nasal passages. This could mean you are a carrier o... Read More
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Not Directly...: The answer is more complicated though...A child with developmental or neurologic problems often has a higher risk of having epilepsy. Ilness/infectio... Read More
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Cured: Viral meningitis can last from just a couple days to a couple weeks. No drugs can cure it, your body has to get rid of it. Once you no longer have f... Read More
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Goes away on its own: Strep goes away on its own. Antibiotics are used to reduce the chance of developing rheumatic fever down the road, not to get rid of the strep. So, ... Read More
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Rash Possibility: Is the rash raised or flat? Scaley or smooth? Does it feel like sandpaper? Again, a red, itchy rash is usually allergic or inflammatory, but hard t... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
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It's Probably OK: Febrile seizures are considered "typical" if they are 15 minutes or less in duration and are "all over" body seizures (not just one limb or one half o... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
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Ignore: The virus that causes chicken pox is in the herpes family of viruses.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Smith is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Smith is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

The Ohio State University College of Medicine, OH
Graduated 1995MD

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Metairie Region - Summer
2014
Top Pediatric Emergency Physician, First Place, Louisiana - Summer
2014
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