Is your toddler showing symptoms of cold, coupled with facial pain and ear pain? Chances are that he could be suffering from sinusitis.
Yes, sinus problems can affect even toddlers. Before you panic and think that your child is now doomed to suffer from sinus congestion for life, relax! Find out in this article how you can help your child if he suffers from a sinusitis attack.
What Are Sinuses?
Sinuses are four air-filled cavities situated behind the eyes and nose. Sinus infections in toddlers occur when the sinuses get irritated, or they swell. Normally bouts of allergies and cold accompany the infection. The good news is that the treatment for it is easily available, so let us look at its causes, possible treatments, and preventive measures.
Causes of Sinusitis In Toddlers:
There are four sets of hollow spaces located in the following:
- Cheekbones (maxillary sinus)
- Forehead (frontal sinus)
- Nasal passages deep in the brain (sphenoid sinus)
- Nasal passages (ethmoid si
The mucous membrane that lines the mouth and nose also lines the sinuses. When the sinus passage gets swollen, it produces more mucus that may block the drainage. It can trap the mucus in the sinuses. The growth of fungi, bacteria and viruses also lead to sinusitis.
[ Read: Throat Infection In Toddlers ]
Symptoms of Sinusitis In Toddlers:
As with any medical ailment, sinus comes with its set of symptoms, most of them very visible and yes, sometimes painful too. Here is a list of symptoms that may help you detect sinusitis in your child:
- Younger children suffer from symptoms that are similar to that of a common cold. You may find your little one complaining about stuffy nose and fever.
- If the cold symptoms continue for over seven days, it might be a signal warning of sinus infection in toddlers. It is time for you to call the doctor.
- Parents tend to mistake the cold related headaches with sinus infections.
[ Read: Fever In Toddlers ]
In the case of an older child, if the cough does not improve even after seven days and you find his congestion is getting worse he is probably suffering from sinus infection. Some other symptoms that are likely to add to your child’s discomfort are:
- Pain in ears
- Foul smell in the mouth
- Pain in teeth
- Stomach upsets
- Pain in the eyes
Preventive Measures You Can Take:
You can reduce the threat that sinusitis poses for your child by bringing about slight changes in your home environment and lifestyle.
- If you are using the heating system during the winters and feel the air is extremely dry, you can consider using a humidifier. It can help regulate and maintain the humidity levels at around 50%. A stable and ideal humidity level will ensure that your child’s sinuses are not irritated. You must clean the humidifier regularly to prevent the growth of mold.
- Even though sinusitis is not contagious, cold usually precedes it. Since cold spreads easily, make sure your toddler practices hygiene. Ask your toddler to wash his hands regularly and cover his mouth with a tissue while coughing and sneezing.
[ Read: Asthma In Toddlers ]
Treatment For Sinusitis:
If your toddler is suffering from a sinus infection, doctor may suggest oral antibiotics. Sometimes he may also recommend antihistamines and decongestants to ease your child’s discomfort. Strictly follow the doctor’s advice on medication and dosage.
- Normally the virus that causes this infection goes away without any medical treatment.
- Warm compresses, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen also help reducing pain.
- Over- the-counter-drugs are not very effective for reducing the symptoms and may result in unwanted side effects instead.
You should call the doctor in the following cases:
- If his cold lasts for more than ten days and shows no improvement.
- If his cold starts getting worse after a week.
- If the allergy symptoms do not clear away even after medication.
- If he complains of stiffness and pain in his cheeks.
[ Read: Bronchitis In Toddler ]
In very rare cases, untreated sinuses can become dangerous. However, if your child is complaining of severe facial pain or headache, you must take him to the doctor. Let an allergist examine the irritants that are causing his immune system to go into overdrive. Do not panic, as he shall be fine after proper diagnosis and treatment.
If your toddler suffered from a bout of sinusitis, pleases tell us how you helped him deal with his discomfort.
- Hives In Toddler – 5 Causes, 5 Symptoms & 3 Treatments You Should Be Aware Of
- Appendicitis In Toddlers – Everything You Need To Know
- 8 Serious Signs & Symptoms Of Anemia In Toddlers
- 5 Common Causes Of Stomach Pain In Toddlers