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Health Tip: If Your Child's Sinuses Are Blocked

Seek treatment to avoid an infection

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(HealthDay News) -- Blocked sinuses, which rarely occur in kids under age five, are often 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.


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