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Pediatric Sinus Infection (Sinusitis) Symptoms


What is a sinus infection?

Sinusitis in children occurs when the sinuses inflame and cause drainage issues in the nasal cavities. Sinus infections in children can be acute (short-term and usually mild) or chronic (long-lasting and more severe). The condition is usually caused by the common cold, and in mild cases, the infection goes away within about 10 days.

What causes sinus infections in children?

Some of the most common reasons for pediatric sinus infections include:

What are the symptoms of sinus infections in children?

Child sinus infection symptoms are different than those of adult sinusitis. Some observable pediatric sinus infection symptoms may include:

  • Thick green or yellow drainage
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Coughing
  • Bad breath
  • Crankiness
  • Low energy
  • Headache
  • Swelling around the eyes

When should I bring my child to a doctor for a sinus infection?

It is important to bring your child to a pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist as soon as any of the above symptoms occur. Sometimes, these symptoms indicate a common cold or allergy symptoms; however, when the symptoms persist for over the typical 10- to 14-day period, it is important to get a specialist’s opinion at New York ENT. If a sinus infection is present, your doctor can diagnose either acute or chronic sinusitis and make a recommendation for treatments.

How are sinus infections in children treated?

An ENT specialist with New York ENT may treat pediatric sinus infections with any of the following, depending on the individual and the severity of the condition:

If you believe your child may be suffering from a sinus infection, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of nasal pediatric conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.

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