Sinusitis in Children

Sinusitis is the inflammation of the sinuses.Though an adult has four pairs of sinuses,in children it is usually the maxillary and ethmoid sinuses are involved as the sphenoid and frontal sinuses are still developing.

In children,common cold or viral infection is the commonest cause of sinusitis.

Other common cause is foreign body in the nostrils or untreated allergic rhinitis leading to sinusitis.


Common symptoms the child will have are

Nasal discharge: green or yellow

fever

cough

headache

facial pain or pressure over face

swelling or redness over face or cheeks

swelling around the eyes


Child should be immediately seen by their physician who will decide the treatment starting from decongestion of the nose to allergy treatment or antibiotics depending on diagnosis.

Ocassionally scans are ordered:CT scan of sinuses especially if eye is involved.