Managing Colds and Cough in Children- Pharmacist



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Children often suffer from viral upper respiratory infections or “the common cold,” with symptoms of congestion, rhinorrhea (runny nose), cough and fever. Children typically experience 3 to 8 colds per year. Colds have a substantial impact on school attendance, resulting in an estimated 189 million days of absence each year. Considering children and adults together, colds account for $17 billion in direct medical costs and $22.5 billion in indirect costs (including absenteeism and missed caregiver work days) annually in the US. Colds are usually self-limiting, but non-drug measures and over-the-counter (OTC) medications may relieve bothersome symptoms. Although many OTC medications are recognized as safe and effective in the FDA's OTC monograph,clinical trial evidence in pediatric patients is often limited. In 2001, concerns escalated about serious adverse effects and deaths among infants and young children related to cough and cold medications. These reports led to a 2008 decision by the FDA to provide guidance that cough and cold products should be avoided in children under the age of 2 years.


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Course Information

Target Audience



Courtney Bradley
Kelly Scolaro
Kelly A. Murray
Kelly N. Gable
PharmD, BCPP
Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate among symptoms of the common cold, influenza, allergy, and COVID-19. Identify which children with a cold, cough, and/or fever should be referred to a primary care provider for further assessment.
  • Discuss nonprescription medications used for the treatment of specific cough and cold symptoms in children; include age-appropriate dosing and potential side effects.
  • Recommend non-drug strategies for managing and preventing colds to a parent or caregiver. Discuss the use of alternative or complementary remedies for treating or preventing colds in children.

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 0798-0000-21-190-H01-P
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

Credit for this program is issued by passing the final test hosted at with a score of 70% or higher.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.