Fixing a Deviated Septum in Childhood

A deviated septum is not a medical condition that exists solely for adults. The deviated septum is a condition that affects many children from birth or from the time they experience their first childhood accident with a broken or injured nose. For young children, however, the decision to correct a deviated septum is not always an easy one for parents to make. The surgery requires an invasive procedure as well as a lengthy recovery process. For many children, correcting the deviated septum isn’t entirely necessary or practical.

The Dangers of a Deviated Septum

A deviated septum is a condition where the wall inside the nose that separates the nostrils isn’t entirely straight. It can be bent to one side so much that it blocks an entire nostril making it hard to breathe at times or encouraging sinus infections and congestion.

Many babies and children who suffer from a deviated septum are mouth breathers. It is for this reason that the deviated septum isn’t considered a life threatening condition. There are normally many different ways that children and adults can compensate for the deviated septum and for many, there are few – if any – frustrating symptoms other than the occasional stuffiness.

Waiting to Correct a Deviated Septum

Parents who elect to wait to correct a deviated septum often do so to give the children a choice. As the body grows, the nose grows as well and with this growth, it’s hard to predict what will happen to the nose and the membrane inside it. Most doctors prefer to wait to operate on the nose until it stops growing in the mid to late teen years, and at that point the young patients have a greater voice in the procedure and the recovery.

Some may opt to allow the deviated septum to stay as it is while others may choose to enjoy the procedure so that they can also enjoy a nose job and a new look. This is especially true if the deviated septum stems from an injury as a child that left the nose crooked or with a hump where the bones did not heal together ideally.