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Your child’s sinuses are not fully developed until late in the teen years. Although small, the maxillary (behind the cheek) and ethmoid (between the eyes) sinuses are present at birth. Unlike in adults, pediatric sinusitis is difficult to diagnose because symptoms of sinusitis can be caused by other problems, such as viral illness and allergy.
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN MY CHILD HAS SINUSITIS?
The following symptoms may indicate a sinus infection in your child:
- A cold lasting more than 10 to 14 days, sometimes with a low-grade fever
- Thick yellow-green nasal drainage
- Post-nasal drip, sometimes leading to or exhibited as sore throat, cough, bad breath, nausea and/or vomiting
- A headache, usually in children age six or older
- Irritability or fatigue
- Swelling around the eyes