New Guidelines for Treating Sinus Infections

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By Molly Clifton

The American Academy of Pediatrics is releasing new guidelines to diagnose and treat bacterial sinus infections in children.

The group says doctors can make a diagnosis when a child has an upper respiratory infection lasting more than 10 days or if symptoms like fever and green nasal discharge come on suddenly and last at least three days.

While previous guidelines recommended antibiotics for all children diagnosed, the new guidelines allow doctors to observe some children for a few more days before prescribing medication.

Children whose symptoms come on suddenly or get worse should receive antibiotics.

 

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