What is it?
In sinusitis the lining of one or more of the sinuses is blocked, and the sinus is at least partially filled with fluid (mucous and/or pus). This usually follows a cold or chronic allergy. If your child has both a cough and nasal discharge that do not improve within 10 to 14 days, this may be acute bacterial sinusitis. The nasal discharge may be clear or coloured. There may be a fever, sore throat from post-nasal drip, or bad breath.
What to do
Help the child breathe more easily by creating a steamy atmosphere in the bathroom, or for older children, let him breathe over a bowl of hot water with a towel over his head. Sinusitis is a bacterial infection and the doctor will probably prescribe antibiotics. If antibiotics are not effective, the sinuses may need to be irrigated and drained.
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