Sinusitis in the Paediatric Age Group, Specifically in Children Under Five

May 24th, 2018 by admin in Nose Clinic, Paediatric Otolaryngology Comments Off on Sinusitis in the Paediatric Age Group, Specifically in Children Under Five

Sinusitis in ChildrenInfection of the nose, or rhinitis, is common in young children. It is primarily due to the fact that the back of the nose is often blocked by adenoid tissue, interfering with proper drainage of mucous.

Under the age of one year, a lot of children have a condition called snuffly nose of childhood, where the lining of the nose is different to that which develops in adults. It is more of an embryonic lining, where the cells are low, there are lots of tight junctions, and they don’t have little hairs to beat the mucous. This leads to a lot of snot building up in the nose, which causes parents significant concern.

It is important to know that in children under five, the sinuses in the face, called the maxillary sinuses, have developed, but are very small. The sinuses between the ethmoid sinuses are tiny, and are just beginning to develop, and the sinuses in the forehead, or the frontal sinuses, have not yet formed.

In the under fives, sinusitis most commonly presents as a complication, namely, infection around the eye.

Management of rhinosinusitis in children requires expert knowledge in paediatric otolaryngology, specifically paediatric rhinology.

At Havas ENT Clinics, we have enormous experience in all aspects of medical and surgical management of rhinosinusitis in children under five.

If this is a problem for you and/ or your child, or if you have any significant concerns, we would be delighted to see you in the clinic and offer our expert opinion.