Paediatric Sinusitis – Part 1 (What is Paediatric Sinusitis?)

November 5, 2013

What is Paediatric Sinusitis?

tPaeBabies are born with no immune system and it is only though the mothers breast milk that some immunity is acquired. As a baby grows and develops into a child he/she begins to slowly develop his/her immune system.

As ones immune system is not developed before the first several years of one’s life, it makes it easier for viruses, bacteria and other harmful agents to wreak havoc on a child system. Children are most susceptible to developing infections in the sinus cavities, nose and ear regions.

Paediatric sinusitis occurs when a child develops sinusitis after a normal cold or flu. Should this sinusitis persist, it can develop into chronic sinusitis. Physicians and otolaryngologists are often consulted to treat not only sinusitis but also help with associated symptoms. Antibiotics are usually the recommended treatment for paediatric sinusitis.

Children, like adults have 4 paired sinus cavities, the maxillary, sphenoid, ethmoid and frontal sinus cavities. At birth children have their ethmoid and maxillary sinus cavities and as they grow, the sphenoid and frontal sinus cavities develop. This occurs around the ages of 5 and 7. A child’s sinus cavities are smaller in size and have smaller openings through which mucus can drain. It is also more common for children to develop sinusitis in their ethmoid and maxillary sinus cavities.

There are three distinctions that differentiate levels of sinusitis in children:

  1. Acute Sinusitis occurs when one or more of the sinus cavities become infected and inflamed.
  2. Chronic Sinusitis occurs when the condition has persisted for longer than two months.
  3. Recurrent Sinusitis occurs when a child keeps developing sinusitis over a period a time with medical treatment providing only temporary relief.

The development of chronic sinusitis can often be a result of an immunodeficiency in a child, cystic fibrosis, an allergy such as hayfever or allergic rhinitis or even a syndrome whereby the cilia’s functioning is impaired called Immotile Cilia Syndrome.

What makes it so difficult to effectively treat bacterial sinusitis is that if a child is given antibiotics too frequently his or her body can build up a resistance to antibiotics. Frequent antibiotic use can also result in unwanted negative effects on a young child’s development.

Please be aware: Any cold or flu like symptoms that your child has and that persist over a period of 10-14 days are not always caused by a sinus infection as these can also be related to a common cold or flu.

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Sinusitis and viruses

April 23, 2010

Viral Infections

Viral infections like colds and flu’s are miserable and distressful. They cause one to feel weak, achy and ill. Viral infections mainly affect the respiratory tract (nose, sinus cavities, throat, larynx, trachea and lungs) and if this infection is left untreated, it can cause complications such as postnasal drip, ear infections and sinusitis.

Viruses cause colds and flu’s

When one has a cold or flu, the virus attacks red blood cells in the mucus membrane linings in the respiratory tract. These infected red blood cells then emit an alarm signal that calls up specialized white blood cells to fight the viruses. The immune chemicals produced by the white blood cells to fight the viruses cause swelling, inflammation and an increase in mucus production (the symptoms of a cold/flu).

Sinusitis

Untreated colds and flu’s lead to sinusitis

Sinusitis is the inflammation and infection of the sinus cavities. We now know that when we have a cold/flu our mucus membranes become swollen and inflamed, resulting in more mucus production to flush the virus away. How can this cause complications?

When the mucus membrane linings in the sinus cavities and nasal passages are inflamed and swollen, it blocks the sinus openings and does not allow mucus to drain. Stagnant mucus is a perfect place for bacteria to grow causing one to have a sinus infection.

What are the symptoms of a viral infection and a sinus infection?

How do you know if you have a viral or sinus infection? Here are some of the symptoms you may experience:

VIRAL INFECTION SINUS INFECTION
sneezing colds that do not respond to medication
runny nose facial swelling
sinus inflammation low grade fever
mouth breathing postnasal drip
sore throat congestion
headaches runny nose
coughing persistent cold/flu
fever bad breath
aching muscles ear infection
fatigue/tiredness loss of smell
heavy breathing headaches

Treatment

The best way to avoid a viral infection is for you to get vaccinated. Sinus infections can be avoided if you treat colds and flu’s before they cause complications. Here are a few help tips and remedies to use if you already have sinusitis:

  • Use a humidifier. Humidifiers and filters can be placed in your home to moisten and filter any allergens (pollen, dust) in the air. This will allow your sinuses to drain better and avoid irritation of your mucus membranes.
  • Take hot showers. This is an ideal solution, by inhaling the steam you can thin thick/ sticky mucus, moisten sinuses and help them to drain better.
  • Drink lots of water. By drinking lots of water, you help mucus to flow and keep the body hydrated.
  • Eating healthy foods. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables can make your immune system stronger so that your body can resist infections.
  • Avoid eating diary products. An over consumption of diary products, starchy foods and sugar can make mucus thick and viscid.
  • Practice good hygiene. Washing your hands frequently can have a huge impact on your health. Thousands of viruses and bacteria are all around us so this is the best way to protect ourselves.
  • Use SinusWars homeopathic remedies. SinusWars have great products that treat all the symptoms of sinusitis. Not only will it treat your symptoms but also the underlying conditions offering you long term relief from your problems. SinusWars products are completely safe to use with no known side effects.

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  • SinusWars9 is a general sinusitis remedy used to treat infections, reduce congestion, pressure, pain, headaches, and fever. Use this for effectively treating sinus infections!
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