How Do I Know When My Child Has Sinusitis?

Parents are often concerned when their children exhibit any symptoms of sickness, especially when it comes to flu and allergy season. One thing to remember, though, is that your child’s sinuses are not finished developing until they are in their late teens. Sometimes, diagnosing exactly what ails a child is difficult. Is it a cold? Or is it sinusitis?

What Is Sinusitis?

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Sinusitis simply means that your sinuses are inflamed.

How Can I Tell if My Child Has Sinusitis?

Your child may have Sinusitis if they have the following symptoms:

  • Cold symptoms for more than 10 to 14 days
  • Nasal drainage that is thick and a yellow-green color
  • Post-nasal drip which can cause a sore throat, bad breath, cough and nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling around the eyes

As children grow, they get infections because their immune system is building up its resistance. Generally these sicknesses are caused by viral infections or aggravated by allergies. But if you notice your child’s sickness lasting longer than a week, it may be a sinus infection.

How to Prevent Sinus Infections

  • Reduce exposure to various environmental allergies
    • Second-hand smoke
    • Smog
    • Extreme outdoor elements
  • Reduce child’s time at daycare
  • Treat stomach acid reflux disease

What Will the Doctor Do for Sinusitis?

If you bring your child to Dr. Andy Chung for acute sinusitis, he will likely prescribe a course of antibiotics, which is generally quite effective. Sometimes a nasal decongestant spray can assist with short-term relief of stuffiness, but be sure to ask your Pediatrician before giving your child any over-the-counter medicine.  In most instances, when children are finally referred to an ENT surgeon, they most likely suffer from chronic sinusitis.  Chronic sinusitis may require surgical treatment (tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy or sinus surgery).  Dr. Andy Chung is an experienced sinus surgeon and will always use the least invasive surgical techniques necessary to treat your child.

Dr. Andy Chung, a well-respected ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) surgeon, has been working closely with adults and children regarding all issues that concern them including cancer, sinus issues, and sleep apnea. He is recognized internationally and is board-certified and fellowship-trained and has been lauded as one of the region’s Best Doctors and Pediatric Specialists in 2013 by D Magazine.

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