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Sinusitis in Newborns: Recognizing Symptoms in Infants


Sinusitis is a common condition that affects millions of people, including adults and children. However, the situation is quite different for infants.


Sinusitis in Newborns: Recognizing Symptoms in Infants

Can Sinusitis Occur in Infants?

Sinusitis, or sinus infection, occurs when the sinuses have inflammation or swelling. Sinuses are air-filled cavities located in the skull.

 

Newborns do not have fully developed sinuses, so they cannot get sinusitis.

 

What Age Do Babies Have Sinuses?

Babies do not have sinuses until after the age of 2. Sinus development begins between one and two years of age, which means that before turning two, infants are unlikely to experience sinusitis. So, the earliest that sinusitis could potentially occur is around the age of two.

 

Symptoms Of Sinusitis In Newborns

However, it's important to note that while its true sinusitis may not occur in infants, they can still experience upper respiratory infections, which can cause symptoms similar to sinusitis symptoms. These symptoms include:

  1. Runny nose

  2. Nose block or stuffy nose

  3. Headaches

  4. A sensation of phlegm dripping from the back of the nose into the throat

  5. Frequent need to clear the throat

  6. Sore throat and throat pain

  7. Frequent attacks of cough

 

So, it is always advised to consult a doctor whenever you recognize the symptoms for proper diagnosis and treatment.


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