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At one time or another—and maybe even multiple times each year—our kids (and us!) have had the symptoms of a cold. But there's no worse time to suffer the symptoms of a cold than in the summer. The familiar prolonged running nose and sniffling, and the sinus pressure that comes along with it can be a drag, especially when they keep us from enjoying the beautiful weather. It can complicate things further when your little one cannot articulate all of their symptoms. How do you know if it’s just a common cold or something more serious like a sinus infection?
Molly Antoniolli, MD, Pediatrics at NorthShore, breaks down the differences between a cold and a sinus infection, and tells us the right time to make an appointment with a doctor:
There are no perfect steps to follow for cold prevention; instead, it’s best to wash you and your kids hands frequently, and avoid sharing cups and toothbrushes. If your child already has a cold, there isn’t much a doctor can do because prescribing antibiotics is not recommended. You can, however, treat the symptoms. Most colds typically last 7-10 days, and common symptoms include:
Treating the Symptoms
Sinus InfectionA sinus infection is an infection or inflammation of the lining of the sinus cavities. Very few colds—only 5-10%—will turn into sinus infections. Common signs your cold is a sinus infection include:
If you experience these symptoms it may be a sinus infection, which means it's time to consult your physician. Common treatment often includes prescribing antibiotics.Taking care of kids is tough, and can sometimes be scary! It is never wrong to call or visit your Pediatrician if you have any concerns.