- Nasal congestion
- Thick green or yellow nasal discharge
- Postnasal drip
- Loss of smell
What causes sinus infections in children?
Between tightly packed classrooms and the sharing of toys at daycare, it’s no wonder that kids often end up sick. Having a cold is bad enough to begin with, but did you know that it can actually lead to a sinus infection? It’s true—sinus infections often develop as a result of another illness such as allergies or the common cold. Both of these conditions can cause the sinuses to swell and lead to increased production of mucus. As nasal discharge begins building up in your child’s sinuses, it becomes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and can eventually result in a sinus infection.
Some other conditions that can lead to sinus infections in children include:
- Nose injuries or deformities
- A foreign object being stuck in the nose
- Tooth infections
- Cleft palate
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Immunodeficiency syndromes
If left untreated
Although rare, it’s possible for a sinus infection to develop into a brain infection or bone infection, so if you have any concerns, you should reach out to an experienced medical practitioner like the ones at DispatchHealth. Request a visit today by calling us, downloading our mobile app, or visiting our website.
* Please note: For life-threatening and time-sensitive injuries and illnesses, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. DispatchHealth shouldn’t be used in a life-threatening emergency and doesn’t replace a primary care provider.