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Howard J. Bennett, M.D.
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Dr. Howard J. Bennett is a board-certified pediatrician with 30 years of clinical experience. He spent the first part of his career in academic medicine, teaching and practicing primary care pediatrics. He was the director of pediatric education during his academic tenure and won the first Outstanding Teacher Award given in his department.

Dr. Bennett has been in private practice since 1991, but has continued his academic affiliations. He is currently a clinical professor of pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine.

Dr. Bennett was an Expert Pediatric Advisor for from 2005 to 2007. He has contributed to Q&A columns for Parents Magazine, Contemporary Pediatrics and He is a regular contributor for Jack and Jill magazine and the "Ever Wonder" column, which is published in the Washington Post. He launched his own website,, in April of 2012.

Dr. Bennett has published over 100 articles in medical journals. His children’s books are adapted from his extensive experience as a practicing pediatrician. Dr. Bennett’s first picture book, "Lions Aren’t Scared of Shots," was featured in a story about pain control on the Today Show.

Dr. Bennett is the author of the following books:

• “Max Archer, Kid Detective: The Case of the Recurring Stomachaches,” Magination Press, 2012.
• “Max Archer, Kid Detective: The Case of the Wet Bed,” Magination Press, 2011.
• “Harry Goes to the Hospital,” Magination Press, 2008. The book won a 2008 Moonbeam Children’s Award for Health Issues.
• “It Hurts When I Poop,” Magination Press, 2007. The book won a 2007 iParenting Media Award.
• “Lions Aren’t Scared of Shots,” Magination Press, 2006. The book won a 2006 iParenting Media Award and a 2008 Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family.
• "Waking Up Dry: A Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting," American Academy of Pediatrics, 2005. The book won the 2005 Midwest Book Award (self-help category) and was a finalist for the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Award (parenting category).
• The Doctor’s Book of Humorous Quotations, Hanley & Belfus/Elsevier, 2001.
• The Best of Medical Humor: A Collection of Articles, Essays, Poetry and Letters Published in the Medical Literature, Hanley & Belfus/Elsevier, 1997.

Entries by Howard J. Bennett, M.D.

Don't Diagnose Drug Allergies Over the Phone

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 3:47 PM

The mother of an 18-month-old patient called my office because her daughter woke up with a rash on her upper chest and back. The girl had been started on amoxicillin the previous day for an ear infection.

The child's mom asked my nurse if we should diagnose an amoxicillin allergy...

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6 Reasons Why Newborns Have Stuffy Noses

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 2:37 PM

If I asked a group of first-time parents if their baby has a cold, more than half of them would say yes. If I asked the same group of parents if their newborn has a runny nose, almost all of them would say no. What many first-time parents don't realize...

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Don't Force Kids to Say They're Sorry

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 5:18 PM

Squabbles between children are common. In some cases, these conflicts lead to physical contact where one child pushes or hits the other. If parents witness the altercation, they usually ask the aggressor to say he's sorry.

This is the right thing to do because adults are supposed to teach...

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Who Said You Should Never Compare Children?

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 2:16 PM

Parents repeatedly hear that they should never compare their children to each other. As a pediatrician with 30 years of experience, I think this is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard. Not only do we compare our children to each other, but we also compare them...

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Do TV Commercials Tell the Truth About Drugs?

(5) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 1:32 PM

It's no secret that advertisers stretch the truth when they make trendy ads to get you to buy their products. That's why pictures of scrumptious pasta dishes and juicy steaks look better on TV than when you visit a local food chain for dinner.

There are many reasons to be...

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Does Cold Medicine Work on Kids?

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 3:40 PM

When a child comes down with a cold, many parents head straight for a bottle of children's cold medicine. Don't bother.

A common cold is the most frequent illness people get with more than 200 viruses causing these infections. Older children and adults get two to four colds...

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Make Doctors' Visits Easier for Your Kids

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 2:03 PM

When I decided to become a doctor, I knew right away that I'd go into pediatrics. Working with children is both a privilege and a challenge. The privilege comes from parents allowing me to take care of their children. The challenge is making office visits as pleasant as possible.


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Is Stress Causing Your Child's Stomachaches?

(2) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 4:20 PM

By Howard J. Bennett, MD

Stomachaches account for numerous visits to pediatricians' offices. Parents often worry that a kidney infection or appendicitis is responsible for the pain. Although serious disorders can cause abdominal pain, the problem is usually due to something less worrisome.

Abdominal pain can be divided into two...

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Tips for Talking to Arrogant Doctors

(2) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 1:30 PM

My internist referred me to an ear, nose and throat doctor because I was having trouble with recurrent dizziness. The specialist had excellent credentials, and I was only a little anxious as I waited in the examination room to be seen. After 30 minutes, the doctor came in. He sat...

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Is Fever Dangerous in Children?

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 3:29 PM

Evaluating children with fever takes up a large part of a doctor's day. Although ear infections, strep throat and more serious infections can cause fever, most fevers are the result of simple viral infections. When doctors evaluate children with fever, they are mostly concerned about the cause of the fever,...

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