Did you know that sinuses are not fully developed until age 20? This, coupled with the fact that the average child has between six and eight upper respiratory illnesses per year, makes children very susceptible to sinusitis.
Sinusitis is infected fluid in the sinuses. There are four pairs of sinuses; maxillary sinuses (under the cheek), ethmoid sinuses (between the eyes), frontal sinuses (above the eyes), and sphenoid sinuses (back of the nasal cavity).
Symptoms & Causes
Pediatric sinusitis can be one of the most difficult medical problems to diagnose as many of the symptoms overlap other common pediatric medical problems. While the etiology of sinusitis is varied, a strong link to allergies and asthma has been suggested.
Possible Signs of Pediatric Sinusitis
- A cold lasting more than two weeks accompanied by a fever
- A thick, yellow or green nasal discharge
- Post-nasal drip
- Fatigue and irritability
- Puffiness around the eyes
Diagnosis & Treatment
Our team of expert Pediatric ENT Physicians will conduct a thorough evaluation and, if necessary, tests, to rule out other possible causes of your child’s illness. This comprehensive assessment aids in the development of an appropriate treatment plan and a speedy recovery.
Avoiding steps to the common cold are helpful in preventing sinusitis. Washing your child’s hands frequently and avoiding those who are ill can help to keep your children healthy.