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Pediatric Sinusitis

Key points about sinusitis in children

  • Sinusitis is an infection of the sinuses.
  • When discharge from the nose is blocked, bacteria may start to grow. This leads to a sinus infection or sinusitis.
  • Acute sinusitis may get better on its own. But if it doesn’t, medicine can be prescribed.
  • For chronic sinusitis, the healthcare provider may refer your child to an ear, nose and throat doctor (ENT) for testing and treatment.
  • To help prevent sinusitis, have your child use saline sprays or washes to keep the nose moist. Use a humidifier in dry inside areas.

Prevention and Risk Assessment

Diagnosis

Treatment

Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

George Zalzal

George Zalzal

Emeritus Chief, Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology)
Nancy Bauman

Nancy Bauman

Director, Aerodigestive Clinic
Director, Vascular Anomalies Clinic
Otolaryngologist
Claire Lawlor

Claire Lawlor

Co-Director, Advanced Sleep Apnea Program
Associate Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship
Otolaryngologist
Pamela Mudd

Pamela Mudd

Director, Pediatric Voice Program
Otolaryngologist
Maria Pena

Maria Pena

Director, Quality Improvement and Safety
Co-Director, Complex Sinusitis Program
Otolaryngologist
Diego Preciado

Diego Preciado

Division Chief, Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology)
Co-Director, Cochlear Implant Program
Otolaryngologist
Brian Reilly

Brian Reilly

Co-Director of the Cochlear Implant Program
Otolaryngologist
Rahul Shah

Rahul Shah

Senior Vice President , Children’s National Hospital-Based Specialties Center
Otolaryngologist
Departments

Departments

Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)

Our pediatric otolaryngology experts diagnose and treat a wide range of pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders.

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