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.

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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.

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“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.

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But some parents say it’s a long time to wait to get your child healthy again.