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My child's sinus infection is not getting better, what could be wrong?

My two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a severe sinus infection two weeks ago and was put on Augmentin for 10 days. After the 10 days, her infection wasn't any better and then she was put on Omniceft for 10 days.

We are on the sixth day of the medicine and she is still coughing, congestion, sneezing and runny nose just as much as she was a month ago. I also forgot to mention, her physician has me give her Zyrtec in the morning and Benadryl at night along with the other medication. Could there be something else going on or is there anything else I can do? I just don't understand why nothing has worked.


Harold Huff | Family Medicine

Harold Huff

All too often, antibiotics have been prescribed for conditions such as colds, that are really viral and therefore do not respond to antibiotics. Antibiotics are only effective in treating bacterial infections.

To help relieve the congestion and obstruction in the nose for younger children, consider using saline nose drops and a bulb syringe to help remove the mucus. You can also place a cool mist humidifier in the room.

I would say if your daughter has been on medications and they haven't worked, this may be viral and she should be seen by her health care provider.

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