Asthma and Respiratory Illnesses in Children: Pharmacotherapy

Respiratory issues are among the most common complications within pediatric medicine. For instance, over 9 million children have asthma and acute otitis media is considered one of the most common childhood infections. This presentation focuses on the most prevalent respiratory ailments seen in pediatric populations and includes a discussion of presentation and treatment options in both infectious and immune respiratory conditions. Pathologies considered include asthma, pharyngitis, sinusitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonias, influenza, acute otitis media, and otitis externa. Immune modulators, anti-infectives, and other drugs are discussed as treatment options for common causes of pediatric pathology.

Objectives: Following this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe symptoms and pathologic presentations seen in respiratory illnesses common in pediatric patients including asthma, pharyngitis, sinusitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonias, influenza, acute otitis media, and otitis externa
  2. Differentiate between respiratory syndromes in pediatric patients based on descriptive pathology
  3. Discuss drugs used to treat common immune and infectious respiratory ailments in pediatric populations