From infancy, children are faced with new bacteria, colds, and flu which they must build immunity to in order to get over sicknesses. Your kids will have many colds as they grow up, but some children will especially suffer from sinus problems. It ‘s hard, especially with young children, to deal with sinus problems as they make sleeping, eating and communicating more difficult. We would like to address common causes of sinus problems and sinusitis in children to help you better understand how to care for your children.
What is Causing Your Child’s Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is simply a persistent string of trouble with one’s sinuses. In children, there are quite a few different factors which could contribute to sinus problems.
A respiratory infection is an incredibly common cause of sinusitis in both kids and adults. Children are very susceptible to colds, meaning they may be sick more often than adults and develop sinusitis. Even very common colds can swell the lining of the sinuses, trapping mucus with harmful bacteria.
Air pollution can be anything from pollen to mold or cigarette smoke. Any air-born allergen can contribute to a child developing sinusitis. One very common allergy-related sinusitis is hay fever, which can also contribute to ear infections.
Swimming and diving during lessons or for fun can also irritate the sinuses. Whether the water contains chlorine or is unsanitary, either could be a contributor. Even being around a pool with poor ventilation can irritate the sinuses due to the intense smell of chlorine.
Diagnosing and Treating Sinusitis
When it comes to diagnosing your child’s sinus problems, it is wise to talk with a pediatric ear nose and throat doctor to get a correct diagnosis. Although over the counter can help alleviate symptoms, it is smart to make sure you know what you are dealing with from time to time.
If you would like more information about child sinusitis or need to schedule an appointment for your child, please contact us at (208) 367-3320 today!