There are those who believe babies are too young to develop sinusitis, or a sinus infection in plain English. The fact of the matter is that children are indeed born with sinuses, although they do not developed fully until the kids grow into teenagers. The sinuses (for everybody who is not exactly clear including myself) are located around the cheekbones, forehead, nasal cavity, and between the eyes. A sinus infection occurs when the tissue lining our sinuses becomes swollen or inflamed. What would cause your baby’s sinuses to swell? The simple answer is bacteria that have accumulated in these areas.
Now that we know what the condition is and where it strikes the question remains, how do you know that your baby has the infection, and what to do for them? Your child could have several signs, commonly taken as a cold or an allergy, but in fact could lead to sinusitis. These symptoms include nasal congestion which lasts for several days, normally more than ten; other symptoms can include thick yellow or green mucus from the nose, a lot of swelling around the nose and eyes, coughing, even a noticeable fever. If the symptom of swelling occurs, it can happen anytime during the day but will be most evident when its time to rise and shine in the mornings, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Academy’s findings on the fever symptom tells us that if parents should look for and find signs of a fever between 100.4 to 103 degrees Fahrenheit or over 38 degrees Celsius that lasts over 3 or 4 days, then a sinus infection could be at work there. An article from Askdrsears.com tells us that the cough symptom is the likely result of the mucus finding its way from the sinuses to the chest, causing the poor kid some discomfort there.
After noticing your baby has a couple of these problems for over a week, your reaction should be to visit the doctor immediately. The first line of defense your baby’s doctor will likely prescribe is an antibiotic. Your baby will likely have to take these antibiotics for about a couple weeks in order to get over the infection. The type that has been commonly suggested for kids is called amoxicillin. If the symptoms start to clear up in 3-4 days, then you should look to keep your baby on the medicine usually for a 10-day stretch.
So overall, what did we learn? Sinus infections can happen to babies, including yours. You now know if the symptoms we talked about lasts a lot longer than they should, less than a week, then it is more than allergies or the common cold that has your little bundle in such a fussy mood. Your first order of business at that point is to see the doctor, inquire about the antibiotics little Xavier or little Tisha (These are names I have in mind for whenever I become a dad…) have to take, and they’ll be right as rain!.