Doctor says your cold symptoms could be a respiratory virus

Cameron Fierro
(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — November begins the season for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Dr. Goddy Corpuz, pediatrician at the Baylor Scott and White Clinic in Cedar Park, joins us in the KXAN studio. Dr. Corpuz says this is the perfect time for parents to get their kids vaccinated.

RSV usually causes the same symptoms as a cold, including:

  • Cough
  • Stuffy or running nose
  • Mild sore throat
  • Earache
  • Fever

Babies with RSV:

  • Have no energy
  • Act fussy or cranky
  • Less hungry than usual

If your child has RSV Dr. Corpuz advises you prop up your child’s head to make it easier to breathe and sleep. Suction your baby’s nose if he or she can’t breathe well enough to eat or sleep. Control fever with acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Never give aspirin to someone younger than 20 years, because it can cause Reye syndrome.

Talk to your doctor about vaccinations to fight off RSV. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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