The sinuses do not fully develop until we are in our later teen years. As a result, sinusitis can be challenging to identify in children because symptoms of sinusitis may be confused with allergies or viral infections such as colds.
Pediatric sinus infections are typically treated with antibiotics and nasal decongestant sprays. After treatment, symptoms should begin to improve within a few days. However, should symptoms linger for 12 weeks or more, it could indicate chronic sinusitis.
If recurring bouts of sinusitis persist, it is important to schedule a consultation with an ENT physician to determine if further medical or surgical treatment is necessary.
Symptoms of a sinus infection in a child may include:
- A cold lasting longer than 10-14 days
- Thick yellow-green mucus
- Bad breath
- Post-nasal drip that leads to sore throat, cough, nausea, or vomiting
- Swelling/puffiness around the eyes
- Sinus pressure/headache
- Irritability or fatigue
- Cough while sleeping