Why Does My Child Keep Getting Sinus Infections?

What’s more painful than having a sinus infection? When our children suffer from a sinus infection. It can be painful and overwhelming, especially when they’re trying to sleep or focus in school. But it’s not like you haven’t tried getting them help – you’ve taken them to a pediatrician and gave your child their prescribed medications, but it doesn’t seem to be working. The question is: why does my child keep getting sinus infections? We’ll cover the answer to that question as well as what to do. 

What’s causing your child’s sinus infections? 

  • Allergies – This is a big one because in the south (particularly Atlanta) has bad pollen counts and really no seasons at all. It’s hard to stay on top of what’s causing allergic reactions here, especially considering dust, mold, and pet dander are culprits too. 
  • Viruses – Really anything that messes with the sinuses can lead to infection. How do you know the difference between a virus and an infection? ENT Health says, “Acute viral sinusitis is likely if your child has been sick for less than 10 days and is not getting worse. Acute bacterial sinusitis is likely when the sinusitis symptoms do not improve at all within 10 days of getting sick, or if your child gets worse within 10 days after beginning to get better.” (ENT Health, 2018). 
  • Enlarged adenoids – According to Kids Health, one of the signs and symptoms of enlarged adenoids is long-lasting sinus infections (Barth, 2019). 

Treatments for sinus infections 

  • Get adenoids checked – You can actually get this set up right now by calling the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute at 770-740-1860. We offer same-day and Saturday appointments for your convenience. 
  • Warm compress – Make a damp towel with warm water and place over the painful areas to relieve pain and pressure. 
  • Fluids – Make sure your child is drinking plenty of water. This helps thin the mucus, allowing it to flow a bit better. 
We hope this has been helpful to you and your child. Always remember, the ENT Institute has same-day and Saturday appointments for your convenience. Call 770-740-1860 or fill out the form at the top of the page. 


ENT Health. (2018, August). Pediatric Sinusitis  [Medical Website] Retrieved February 21, 2020 from https://www.enthealth.org/conditions/pediatric-sinusitis/ Barth, P. (2019, June). Adenoids and Adenoidectomy  [Medical Website] Retrieved February 21, 2020 from https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/adenoids.html