How should sinus infections be treated in small children?


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When treating an acute sinus infection in a small child, a doctor may prescribe a nasal decongestant or saline spray, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Saline sprays thin mucus secretions and are provided as short-term relief. Chronic sinusitis can be treated by an ear, nose and throat specialist who may recommend surgery for the child.

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Surgery will only be an option if the child experiences severe and consistent symptoms despite medical treatment, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. The child's sinus drainage passageways can be opened up with an endoscope. Making these passageways wider allows antibiotics to be directed efficiently toward the infection. This surgical procedure also helps the child breathe easier, which leads to less infections. The doctor may even remove the tissue from behind the nose to alleviate sinus infections.

A child that has a cold lasting for longer than 10 to 14 days will more than likely be diagnosed with sinusitis, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. When children have sinusitis their symptoms appear as cough, bad breath, crankiness and low energy. A child is more likely to display greenish post-nasal drip. Reducing a child's exposure to allergens and tobacco smoke will decrease the chances of developing a sinus infection. Treating stomach acid reflux disease also helps.

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