Deviated Septum in children can easily occur due to a number of reasons and is quite common. While most of these cases require no treatment, since the deviation will be minor, at times if serious they can cause a number of different medical conditions which can be irritating and painful. While a deviated septum is easy to diagnose in adults, you must understand the symptoms and be on the look out to find it in your young children since they cannot communicate with you and it is during the initial stages of development where the nasal cartilage is very soft and malleable i.e. it can be easily deviated.
Symptoms of a Deviated Septum in Babies
The symptoms of a deviated septum in babies are same as that of adults, based on severity of the deviation your baby may suffer from:
- Nose bleeds: A relatively rare symptom, which occurs more frequently in adults (but does occur in children as well).
- Recurring Sinus Infections: This symptom is the hallmark of a severely deviated septum. Most people, who suffer from a severe deviation of the septum, face the problem of recurring sinus infections. This occurs because the fluid which builds up cannot be easily removed if the septum is deviated, this results in a build up of the fluid which acts as a breeding ground for the sinus causing virus.
- Noisy Breathing: This is the most common symptom of a deviated septum which is observable in children. Because of the deviation, as your child inhales and exhales, the air will hit against the deviated septum and cause a lot of noise while breathing.
If you notice any of the above symptoms frequently (especially the noisy breathing) visit your paediatrician for a check up. A deviated septum can easily be diagnosed with a few routine tests (a physical examination of the nose of your child).