Deviated Septum in Child

deviated septum in child

The septum is the bone that divides the nose into two separate chambers. A deviated septum is one that is slightly out of place, making it harder to breathe and causing other nasal problems. This can appear at birth, after an injury or as a result of a medical operation.

The surgery by which a deviated septum can be fixed, to either prevent or stop infections and issues, is called a septoplasty. Before deciding to let your child undergo this surgery, you can check at if this surgery is appropriate for children. Such surgery is done for children above the age of 14 and is not recommended for younger children, due to it affecting midface growth. Deviated septum surgery is performed with traditional open surgical techniques.

Such operation many have short-term effects. These include a puffy face, an aching nose, dull headache, swelling around the eyes, bruising around the eyes, a small amount of bleeding and maybe a small burst of blood vessels appearing as tiny red spots.

deviated septumAccording to a survey, more than 80% of people have a deviated septum but do not know it. This is the case for most, as a deviated septum does not guarantee nasal or breathing problems. It usually does not need treatment or surgery, but when it does, it’s probably due to blockage of the nose. When a child suffers from blockage on one nostril, it may present certain symptoms, such as frequent nose bleeds, sinus infections, pain the face, headaches and noisy breathing while sleeping.

Apart from the aforementioned short-term effects, there are also some risks when it comes to septoplasty, such as infection, bruising or swelling of the face, a hole in the septum or a change in smell, taste or voice.

The procedure of septoplasty is quite easy and straight-forward, as the child gets generally anesthetized and does not feel pain. The surgery takes around one to one and a half hours and the child is able to continue with their daily activities after a week.