Sinusitis In Children

Sinuses in children are not totally developed until their teen years. Even though the maxillary (behind the cheek) and ethmoid (located between the eyes) sinuses are small they exist at birth. Unlike in grownups, pediatric sinus problems are hard to diagnose because signs of sinusitis can be triggered by other troubles, such as viral disease and allergens which cause allergies.

How can you tell if your child is suffering from a sinus infection?

  • If your child has been suffering from a “cold” lasting more than 10 to 14 days (sometimes may include a low-grade fever)
  • A thick drainage from the nose (typically yellow-green in color)
  • If your child has post-nasal drip, this sometimes leads to or is exhibited as a sore throat, cough, bad breath, nausea and/or vomiting
  • In children six or older they may complain of headaches
  • Some may complain of fatigue or irritability
  • Swelling around the eyes may be present

Children are much more susceptible to get infections of the ear, nose, or throat, especially in the first few years of life. These infections are most often triggered by viral infections (colds), and they may be worsened by allergens (allergies) of all types. Nevertheless, if your kid stays ill past the normal week to ten days, a sinus infection could be the cause.

You can lower the probability of sinus infections for your children by decreasing the exposure to understood ecological allergies and pollutants such as tobacco smoke, minimizing his/her time at daycare, and dealing with stomach acid reflux illness.