MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has new guidelines to diagnose and treat bacterial sinus infections.
Many infections develop after a cold, with symptoms including a cough, green or yellow nasal discharge and sometimes fever.READ MORE: Wild And Timberwolves Win Big Saturday, United Ties
Doctors previously prescribed antibiotics for all children diagnosed with a bacterial sinus infection that lasted 7 to 10 days.
According to Alanna Levin of the AAP, pediatricians can wait another three days on top of that.READ MORE: Family Mourns 'Loving' And 'Gentle' St. Paul Man After Fatal Hit-And-Run
“Pediatricians can actually wait and observe children for 72 hours even if they think the child has a sinus infection to see if the child can fight it on their own,” Levin said.
Pediatricians hope the new guidelines will cut down on the antibiotics children take.MORE NEWS: Minnesota Gophers Beat Maryland 34-16
But some parents say it’s a long time to wait to get your child healthy again.