Your child may have a runny nose that is blocked with mucus. This is sinus congestion. Most of the time it comes with colds or nasal allergies. Your child may feel fullness, pressure, or pain in the face around the nose. The pain may also be above the eyebrow, between the eyes, or over the check bone.
Put several drops of saline (salt water) nose drops or spray in your child's nose. You can get saline nose drops at the drug store. You can use a suction bulb to gently suction out mucus from your child's nose. Suction mucus at least 4 times a day or any time your child cannot breathe through the nose. If your child is old enough, he can blow his nose instead of using a suction bulb.
If your child's sinuses are still blocked, use decongestant nose drops or sprays. Do not use decongestant nose drops for children under age 12 unless your doctor tells you to. If your child is age 12 or over, use 2 drops or sprays per side. Do this two times a day.
Have your child use the nose drops only for the first 2 days.
Do not use decongestant drops or sprays for more than 5 days. When you use the drops longer than that, it can cause more problems.
Give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) to stop pain. No aspirin. Putting a cold pack on the sinus for 20 minutes may also help with pain.
If your child also has hay fever, give the allergy medicines your doctor thinks best.
Make sure your child drinks a lot. This helps thin the mucus.