Pediatric Sinusitis

One of the well-known facts about children is that they are often sick. No matter how much you make them wash their hands, no matter how protected you think you are keeping them, kids spread germs like no other. It’s just a fact of life. Yet, how do you know when something is really wrong, and it click isn’t just a typical kid sickness?

Children’s sinuses are not fully developed until the age of 20. That is one of the main reasons why they get sick so often – their sinuses are still developing, growing and learning how to battle infections diseases.

The following symptoms may indicate that your child has a sinus infection:

  • A “cold” lasting more than 10 to 14 days, sometimes with a low-grade fever
  • Thick yellow-green nasal drainage
  • Post-nasal drip, sometimes leading to or exhibited as sore throat, cough, bad breath, nausea and/or vomiting
  • Headache, usually in children age six or older
  • Irritability or fatigue
  • Swelling around the eyes

When your child is ill beyond the usual week to 10 days, a serious sinus infection is likely and an ear, nose and throat doctor should be contacted immediately.

There are several different ways to treat sinus infection – the most common being with antibiotics. Doctors can also operate on children using an endoscope, which helps make the narrow passages in the sinuses a little wider.

Our licensed ENTs at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates can help you determine whether or not your child needs medication or surgery. All you have to do is give us a call.