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.
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
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.