What Do Chronic Sinus Infections Mean?

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It’s not news that sinus infections are no fun. If your child is suffering from one, he or she may be experiencing congestion, drainage down the throat, swelling around the eyes, ear pain, a sore throat, nausea, fatigue, aching in the upper jaw and teeth and more. If your child has suffered from inflamed and swollen sinuses for at least 12 weeks, despite treatment, he or she has chronic sinusitis.

But what do chronic sinus infections mean?

  • Nasal Polyps: Tissues that grow inside the nasal passage can block the sinuses from working correctly, causing an infection.
  • Deviated septum: If the wall between your child’s nostrils is crooked, it could block the sinus passages and create chronic sinusitis.
  • Allergies: Colds and other infections in your child’s respiratory tract can inflame and thicken the sinus membranes, blocking the drainage of mucus.
  • Respiratory Tract Infections: If your child has an infection in his or her respiratory tract, it can thicken the sinus membranes and block mucus drainage.
  • Other medical conditions: Any immune system-related diseases can cause chronic sinusitis for your child.

Diagnosing Chronic Sinusitis

To diagnose your child’s sinus problems, a doctor will feel his or her nose and face, then likely look inside their nose. A nasal endoscopy—a thin tube inserted through the nose to see inside the sinuses—is sometimes needed. Other ways to diagnose include CT or MRI scans, nasal cultures and allergy tests.

Treating Chronic Sinusitis

Any doctor will likely treat your child’s chronic sinus issues in the same way: saline nasal irrigation or antibiotics. The nasal spray will help reduce drainage and rinse out irritants, while an antibiotic can help with any bacteria. Other treatments include nasal corticosteroids and oral corticosteroids.

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If your child is suffering from chronic sinus infections, consider visiting Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. We have kid-friendly physicians that are board-eligible in pediatric medicine, offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it and are even open after hours or on the weekend.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

 

 

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5 Autumn Activities For Kids

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The fall season brings about cooler temperatures, fall breaks from school and shorter days. Whether your child is home during the day or looking for an after-school activity to keep him or her busy, this list will give you plenty of ideas for autumn activities.

Create an Autumn Leaf Collection

Take advantage of the gorgeous fall weather to take a nature walk with your child. Have him or her collect as many colorful autumn leaves as possible. Once your walk is finished, compare and contrast all the different types of leaves that were collected. Encourage your child to trace all the different leaves to learn about their different shapes and sizes.

Find an Apple Orchard

One of the most classic fall activities of all time is apple picking at an orchard. Pack a picnic and make a day of the adventure. Once your child has picked as many apples as they’d like, bake an apple pie at home to show your child how fresh food goes from tree to table.

Build a Wreath

Refresh your front door with something festive. Wreaths are very simple to put together and can be a fun way to begin decorating for the new season. Stop by your local arts and crafts supply store to find everything you need to build your wreath.

Play Dress Up

Begin brainstorming for Halloween with some old-fashioned dress-up. Whether your child prefers to be a pirate or a princess, find items around the house that can imagined into your child’s favorite characters.

Make a Bird Feeder

This bird feeder is an easy craft you and your child can make together. Pinecones, peanut butter, birdseed and string are the only things you need for this project. Have your child identify the birds or count them as they begin to visit the feeder to make this activity educational as well.

Play Old-School Games

Classic games like tag, four square and hide-and-go-seek never go out of style. Teach your child some of your favorite childhood games and take some time to play with them.

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For more new parenting and safety tips, continue to check in on the Medical City Children’s Urgent Care blog. Medical City Children’s Urgent Care is a kid-friendly medical facility dedicated to providing children the best possible care.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

Natural Cures for a Sore Throat

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While sore throats will typically go away without medical treatment, they can still be painful and annoying. It’s a good idea to use some natural remedies for your child’s sore throat to help alleviate the pain and prevent it from turning into something more serious. If your child is suffering from a sore throat, there are a few things you should know as you treat the infection.

What Causes Sore Throats?

  • Viral infections: Your child’s sore throat may be a result of the common cold, laryngitis, mono or other viral infections.
  • Bacterial infections: Your child’s sore throat could be caused by a bacterial infection—a result of strep throat, tonsillitis, an infection around the tonsils (peritonsillar abscess) or other bacterial infections.
  • Irritants and injuries: If your child has suffered throat irritation from smoking, air pollution, yelling or nasal drainage, he or she may experience a sore throat. An injury to the back of the throat, such as a cut or puncture, can also cause a sore throat.

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How to Treat a Sore Throat Naturally

  • Have your child gargle with salt water to help reduce swelling. It is recommended that he or she gargle hourly with 1 teaspoon of salt mixed with 8 fluid ounces of warm water.
  • Place a humidifier in your child’s room. This will help alleviate pain and stop hoarseness. If you don’t own a humidifier, you can also place a shallow pan of water in their room to provide moisture in the air via evaporation.
  • Keeping your child hydrated is key to treating a sore throat. Hot fluids can also help keep irritation at a minimum.

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If your child is suffering from a sore throat that has lasted a week or longer, consider visiting Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. We have kid-friendly physicians that are board-eligible in pediatric medicine, offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it and are even open after hours or on the weekend.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

How to Improve Children’s Allergy Symptoms

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If your child is constantly sneezing or coughing, he or she may be suffering from allergies. Identifying your child’s allergies early can help you find a treatment that works and keep your child from feeling miserable during peak allergy season.  Learning what causes allergies can help you start a treatment plan for your child.

During spring and fall, there are a number of things that can trigger your child’s allergies. Tree pollen and plant pollen are two of the main suspects during these two seasons. Some indoor triggers include pet or animal hair, dust mites and mold.

If your child is suffering from hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, he or she will likely have a runny nose, constantly be sneezing, and experience postnasal drip and nasal congestion. Coincidentally enough, hay fever isn’t actually triggered by hay.

Typically, allergies are the number one reason behind chronic nasal congestion in children. This can result in your child being forced to breath through their mouth at night, leaving them exhausted the next day.

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To help alleviate your child’s allergy symptoms, be sure to keep windows and doors shut on high-pollen count days. If your child has been playing outdoors, make sure they take a bath that night to remove all allergens. Your child’s diet plays a large part in their allergies. Try to include one fresh fruit and veggie at every meal. Finally, make sure your home is clean. Dust and other particles in your home can trigger your child’s allergy symptoms, making it impossible for them to recover.

YouTube_Cover.jpgIf your child is suffering from chronic sinus infections, consider visiting Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. We have kid-friendly physicians that are board-eligible in pediatric medicine, offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it and are even open after hours or on the weekend.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.