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My 2 year old son has a really bad sinus infection, is there anything over-the-counter that works great?
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Dr. Avner Aliphas
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: Saline
Saline drops or rinse will help clear the nasal congestion.
A sinus infection in a two year old is difficult to diagnose and you should bring your child to your pediatrician if you suspect this.

In brief: Saline
Saline drops or rinse will help clear the nasal congestion.
A sinus infection in a two year old is difficult to diagnose and you should bring your child to your pediatrician if you suspect this.
Dr. Avner Aliphas
Dr. Avner Aliphas
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not really
True sinus infections are rare in a 2 year old as their sinuses are not highly developed.
He may have a upper respiratory infection or something else. Many otc meds carry risk of overdose for that small a child. Saline drops and tylenol/motrin (per directions) may be helpful. If his symptoms are indeed "really bad" i would bring him to his pediatrician. Best wishes.

In brief: Not really
True sinus infections are rare in a 2 year old as their sinuses are not highly developed.
He may have a upper respiratory infection or something else. Many otc meds carry risk of overdose for that small a child. Saline drops and tylenol/motrin (per directions) may be helpful. If his symptoms are indeed "really bad" i would bring him to his pediatrician. Best wishes.
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not sure
It is hard to judge exactly by the description given on what's going on, but if he is running a fever, throwing up or not drinking/eating and feeling slow/lethargic, he must be seen.
This may be more than just a sinus infection. If no above symptoms, i'd recommend keeping a humidifer in his room and dripping his nose with saline solution. Occasionally Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may be helpful.

In brief: Not sure
It is hard to judge exactly by the description given on what's going on, but if he is running a fever, throwing up or not drinking/eating and feeling slow/lethargic, he must be seen.
This may be more than just a sinus infection. If no above symptoms, i'd recommend keeping a humidifer in his room and dripping his nose with saline solution. Occasionally Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may be helpful.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: NAC + garlic pills
You can do nac which is mucolytic and garlic pills which works as antimicrobial or you can use adp pills which is oil of oregano - this will be spicy taste easier to do the garlic caps.
Have then take the caps with water and bend their head so caps float up.

In brief: NAC + garlic pills
You can do nac which is mucolytic and garlic pills which works as antimicrobial or you can use adp pills which is oil of oregano - this will be spicy taste easier to do the garlic caps.
Have then take the caps with water and bend their head so caps float up.
Dr. Vasu Brown
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Dr. David Mann
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Sinus infection?
2 year olds frequently get colds usually not bacterial sinusitis.
Bacterial sinusitis is way over-diagnosed. Children in daycare often get 10-12 colds per year. The symptoms between cold and bacterial sinusitis are similar. If symptoms last more than 7-10 days then a bacterial sinusitis or allergy may be involved. Try nasal suction with bulb syringe. See ENT if symptoms persist.

In brief: Sinus infection?
2 year olds frequently get colds usually not bacterial sinusitis.
Bacterial sinusitis is way over-diagnosed. Children in daycare often get 10-12 colds per year. The symptoms between cold and bacterial sinusitis are similar. If symptoms last more than 7-10 days then a bacterial sinusitis or allergy may be involved. Try nasal suction with bulb syringe. See ENT if symptoms persist.
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