Sinus Infections In Children
Your child’s cold has been dragging on and on. And now he has green discharge from his nose, and is complaining of a headache. What’s going on? Well, your child may have a sinus infection, or sinusitis. Sinus infections in children often look different than they do in adults. For one thing, children’s sinuses are smaller than adults, in fact, they’re not fully developed until the late teen years. For another thing, as you probably know, kids can’t/don’t always articulate what’s bothering them very well. Read on to find out the symptoms and treatment for sinus infections in children.
Causes of sinus infection in kids
A sinus infection is often a result of a cold or the flu. They can also occur due to allergies. In babies or toddlers who drink from a bottle, a sinus infection can occur if they drink their bottle while laying down. In sinusitis, the sinuses, pockets of air used to help moisten the air we breathe, become inflamed or swollen.
Symptoms of a sinus infection in children
Anytime your child’s cold or flu symptoms last longer than 7-10 days, it is possible they have developed a sinus infection as a result of their illness. Symptoms of a sinus infection include pain in the sinuses (located between and slightly below the eyes, as well as in the upper jaw), a drippy or stuffy nose, or yellow or green thick mucus, and/or a sinus pressure headache around the eye/eyebrow area. Your child may also experience a low fever, sore throat, and bad breath. Finally, your child may experience irritability due to the pain/discomfort they’re in.
Sinus infection treatment
Treatment for sinus infections includes antibiotics to get rid of the infection. Decongestants, nasal sprays, and/or pain relievers (ibuprofen and acetaminophen) can help provide sinus infection relief. A humidifier in your child’s room may help relieve symptoms as well.
Children are not little adults! Many illnesses present differently in kids than they do adults, and no one knows that better than us here at MVP Pediatric and Urgent Care in Los Angeles, CA.