When a child has a runny nose, fever and cough, and is feeling run down, it can be hard to tell if it’s a common cold or something more serious like a sinus infection. Colds and sinus infections share many symptoms. But before you take time out of your busy schedule to take your child into the pediatrician’s office for antibiotics, here are a few things to consider.
Sinus infection symptoms:
The main difference between a cold and sinus infection is the duration of symptoms. Colds typically last 5-10 days, while a sinus infection can last much longer.
While colds are common, less than one in 15 become a bacterial sinus infection. Both colds and sinus infections can take time to clear up. Because a cold is a viral infection, you need to let it run its course ––prescription medicine will not shorten the length or severity.
A fever is the body’s fight against the cold virus and can last a day or two. The mucus that comes out of your child’s nose may start clear and become cloudy. Cold symptoms should improve in about 10 days.
Unlike colds, sinus infections are bacterial and can remain in the body for three weeks or more.
If your child is diagnosed with a sinus infection, your pediatrician may prescribe an antibiotic to help your child recover faster.
It’s never easy to see your child sick with a cold or sinus infection. You can help your children be less uncomfortable by following a few tips.
Although colds will resolve themselves and many sinus infections will too, it is important to see your pediatrician if your child has a
Remember, germs spread easily. Stay away from people who are sick, if possible. To prevent colds and sinus infections, encourage kids to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently with soap, and avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth.
Whenever you have a question regarding your child’s well-being, it’s always best answered by your pediatrician.