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Sinusitis in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is inflammation or infection of your child's sinuses. Sinusitis is most often caused by a virus. Acute sinusitis may last up to 30 days. Chronic sinusitis lasts longer than 90 days. Recurrent sinusitis means your child has sinusitis 3 times in 6 months or 4 times in 1 year.

What increases my child's risk for sinusitis?

What are the signs and symptoms of sinusitis?

How is sinusitis diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will examine your child and ask about his or her symptoms. The provider will check inside your child's nose using a nasal speculum. This is a small tool used to open the nostrils. A sample of the mucus from your child's nose may show what germ is causing his or her infection.

How is sinusitis treated?

Your child's symptoms may go away on their own. Your child's healthcare provider may recommend watchful waiting for 3 days before starting antibiotics. Your child may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage my child's symptoms?

How can I help prevent the spread of germs?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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