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.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.

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