Deviated Septum and Children

A deviated septum is a medical condition that is not limited to adults. A deviated septum can occur in many different ways. Some children are born with a deviated septum and others suffer from the condition only after an injury occurs. As the nose grows, the problem with a deviated septum can be more pronounced or become less of a problem depending on the extensiveness of the problem.

Deviated Septum

A deviated septum occurs when the membrane between the two nostrils becomes bent out of position. The membrane between the two nostrils is normally straight which allows the person to breath normally. When the membrane becomes bent or deviated, the septum makes it hard to breath normally. A deviated septum can lead to breathing problems for a child and then can also cause problems with sinus infections and other medical issues.

For young children, the first signs of a deviated septum may be mouth breathing or a perpetually stuffed up nose. Sinus problems, snoring and continued mouth breathing have all been signs of a deviated septum. Children with an extensive problem with a deviated septum may have options for surgery from a young age – especially if it is leading to additional medical problems for the child.

Surgery for a Deviated Septum

Children with a deviated septum that isn’t causing serious medical problems can wait for surgery if necessary as often septoplasty is performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is generally performed on patients over the age of sixteen for females and eighteen for males. Most surgeons prefer to wait and patients who wait until they are old enough are able to undergo surgery one time as the nose is finished growing and the surgery will not need to be repeated over time.