How to Tell If Your Baby Has a Sinus Infection

It’s hard enough to watch your young child suffer from a cough, cold, or fever, but it’s even more upsetting when illness morphs into something harder to predict like a sinus infection. The symptoms often appear similar, so how can you tell when your baby has come down with a sinus infection?

About Sinusitis

Commonly known as a sinus infection, this illness begins to form when your baby has a cold and fluid doesn’t drain properly. When the drainage system for the sinuses is blocked, mucus becomes trapped and eventually serves as a host to bacteria, viruses, and even fungi. This is why sinus infections are most common during allergy seasons and in the winter.

Symptoms of a Sinus Infection

Young children with a sinus infection tend to appear like they have a cold that just won’t go away, even after 10 days. A runny nose and slight fever are to be expected, and are especially indicative of a sinus infection if the fever doesn’t occur until 5-7 days after the cold begins.

Swelling around the eyes is also common, particularly in the morning due to overnight swelling. Some parents report consistent bad breath during sinus infections (caused by infected mucus in the back of the throat), while others find thick yellow or green snot to be a telltale sign.

Your Child’s Behavior Throughout a Sinus Infection

Aside from the snot and low-grade fever leading to a bit more crankiness or exhaustion than normal, many children continue to play and chat away like normal throughout a sinus infection.

If your little one suddenly becomes withdrawn, considerably more upset, or cries without stop, it’s time to see a doctor. Antibiotics for sinus infections are readily available, but not quickly given to children if there’s a possibility they can fight the infection on their own.

Don’t have the time to wait for a doctor’s appointment? An urgent care center is fully equipped to handle this type of sick appointment, and you’ll be and out in no time!