Sinus Infections in Children
Most uncomplicated viral sinus infections improve on their own within 7 to 10 days. Acute bacterial sinusitis can also improve on its own; however, antibiotics will speed up the recovery and decrease the risk of complications in children.
Symptoms usually begin to improve within one to two days after antibiotics have been started. If symptoms have not improved within three days or get worse at any time after the antibiotics have been started, contact your healthcare provider. A different antibiotic or further testing may be needed.
Children with acute bacterial sinusitis are at risk for a number of complications. Some of these include:
- Periorbital cellulitis
- Orbital cellulitis
- An abscess just outside the brain (epidural abscess)
- Brain abscess.
(Click Symptoms of a Sinus Infection in Children to learn what to watch out for.)