Module 5: Special Considerations in Children

We will discuss when to suspect a diagnosis of asthma in children too young to perform spirometry, and consider the unique differential diagnosis of cough and wheeze in young children, distinct from the differential diagnosis in adults.  Treatment options approved for children will be discussed and the importance of patient/family/caregiver education emphasized.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other advanced practitioners.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize that not all wheezing in early childhood is due to asthma.

  2. Explore medication administration in very young children.

  3. Examine that differential diagnosis of cough and wheeze in children.

Additional Information

Provided by: 

Mass General Brigham Asthma Center & Mass General Brigham

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 Participation
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Christopher H. Fanta, MD - Course Director
Mass General Brigham Asthma Center, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Brigham & Women's Hospital

Kenan Haver, MD
Pulmonary Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital

Disclosure Summary of Relevant Financial Relationships

Mass General Brigham has implemented a process to mitigate relevant financial relationships for this continuing education (CE) activity to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance and ensure that the content is aligned with the interest of the public. 

The following planners have no reported relevant financial relationships with an ineligible company:

Christopher H. Fanta, MD
Victoria Forth, PA-C
Elizabeth Klements, MS, RN, PPCNP-BC, AE-C

The following speakers have reported no relevant financial relationships with an ineligible company:

Kenan Haver, MD

In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

Mass General Brigham designates this activity for 6.75 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
Mass General Brigham has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 6.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until June 2025. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Available Credit

  • 0.75 Participation


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  • For technical support or questions regarding CEs, please contact Maxine Harney at the MGB Office of Continuing Professional Development. 
  • For medical questions about asthma, please contact Christopher Fanta, MD