Treatment can avert a full-blown infection
(HealthDayNews) -- Blocked sinuses, which rarely occur in kids under age five, are usually caused by a cold or hay fever, according to St. Louis Children's Hospital.
By treating your child's sinus congestion, you can prevent it from developing into a true sinus infection.
Here are some tips:
- Use warm water or saline nose drops followed by suction or nose blowing to wash dried mucus out of the nose.
- Run a humidifier in the home.
- Ice applied over the sinus for 20 minutes may give some pain relief.
- With treatment, sinus congestion often resolves in five to seven days.
- A fever and increased pain could indicate a bacterial sinusitis that may need an antibiotic.