TAKE PLENTY OF
- Frequent small, light, bland meals.
Although normal body temperature is generally spoken of as 98.6 F (37 C), human temperature tends to vary over the course of the day, from about 97.6 F (36.4 C) in the morning to about 99.5 F (37.5 C) in the late afternoon and what's normal for one person can vary abouve or below the average temperature by as much as one deree. Although minimal increases may simply be caused by hot weather or being bundleed up in too much clothing, most people can feel a difference in their body temperature that they will call a fever once it reaches 100.5 F (38 C) or 101 F ( 38.5 C)
Fever is not a disese in itself, but rather a symptom of some underlying problem, most commonly an infection. Dependin on the cause, a fever is often accompanied by other symptoms, such as seating, shiverting, thirst, flushed skin, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
NUTRITIONAL NEEDS : Drink lots of fluids. Sweating, the body's response to higgh temperature, results in the loss of luids, which is worsened if there is diarrhea or vomiting, So it is important to drinks at least eight glasses of fluid daily to prevent dehydration. If a feverish person does not feel thirsty, it may be easier to sip a bit of fruit juice diluted with an equal volume of water every few minutes rather than to drink a whole glass at once. Or the person., especially if a child, can be given a frozen fruit juice br to suck on.
WARNINGS : Feverish infants can get dehydrated very quickly, because they have a large body surgace in proportion to their fluid volume. When babies have high temperatures, parents should give frequent bottles of plain water or a commercial infant rehydration product. You can easily make your own rehydrating solution by dissolving 1/2 cup of dry, precooked baby rice cereal in 2 cups of water with 1/4 tablespoon of salt. The mixture should be thick, but still pourable and drinkable..