(KMOV.com) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics is releasing new guidelines to diagnose and treat bacterial sinus infections in children.
Previously, doctors prescribed antibiotics for all children diagnosed with a bacterial sinus infection that lasted seven to 10 days.
Now, pediatricians can wait and observe children for 72 hours. Pediatricians hope the new guidelines will cut down on the number of antibiotics children use.
“Any medication including antibiotics has potential side effects,” said Dr. Alanna Levine, spokesperson for the AAP. “Children can come down with diarrhea, allergies, and rashes from antibiotics. We also don’t want to overprescribe antibiotic because they aren’t going to work when we really need them to”
The new guidelines don’t apply to children with chronic infections.