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FEVER

FOODS THAT HEAL

  • Water
  • Fruit juice
  • Chicken broth, or soup
  • Herbal teas
  • Bananas
  • Rice
  • Applesauce
  • Toast
  • Eggs
  • Rice cereals

    WHO’S AFFECTED

  • People with illnesses such as the cold and flu
  • Those with a bacterial infection
  • Sufferers of heat exhaustion or extreme sunburn
  • People who take certain medications, such as antibiotics or blood pressure drugs
    Although normal body temperature is generally thought of as 98
    6°F (37°C), human temperature may vary over the course of the day by as much as two degrees
    Most people can feel a difference in their body temperature that they will call a fever once it reaches about 101°F (38
    5°C)

    Old School

    You must do all it takes to bring down a child’s temperature

    New Wisdom

    Making a feverish child comfortable is much more important than reducing fever
    Fever is not a disease in itself but a symptom of an underlying problem, most commonly an infection
    A fever is often accompanied by other symptoms, such as sweating, shivering, thirst, flushed skin, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
    A fever alone does not necessarily require treatment
    It is one of the body’s natural ways of fighting disease and should not be suppressed unless very high or accompanied by other symptoms

    Nutrition Connection

    The following dietary tips will help alleviate a fever: Drink lots of fluids
    Sweating, diarrhea, and vomiting may all accompany a fever, which can cause dehydration
    Drink at least eight glasses of fluid daily
    This includes water, fruit juice, herbal teas, and even frozen fruit juice bars
    Quickly add fluids for babies
    Note that infants may get dehydrated very quickly because they have a large body surface 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 ½ cup (118 mL) of baby rice cereal in 2 cups (473 mL) of water with ¼ Tbsp (4 mL) of salt
    The mixture should be thick but pourable and drinkable
    Don’t starve a fever
    If you feel like eating, eat
    There is no medical basis for the saying “Feed a cold and starve a fever
    ” If anything, you need more calories than normal if you have a raised temperature because your metabolic rate rises as the fever rises
    Try the BRAT diet
    Eat bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast for fever-related diarrhea
    When diarrhea is a problem, solid foods should be avoided until the bowels stabilize
    Then, small servings of bland foods, such as ripe bananas, applesauce, white toast dipped in chicken or beef broth, chicken-rice soup, rice cereals, or boiled or poached eggs can be eaten

    Beyond the Diet

    Several strategies can help address fever
    Here are a few suggestions: Let low-grade fever work itself out
    According to some experts, aggressive treatment of a fever may interfere with the body’s immune response
    Keep in mind that many viruses and bacteria thrive at normal body temperatures, and thus a fever may be the body’s way of dealing with the virus
    Try over-the-counter (OTC) medications
    OTC drugs such as acetaminophen or aspirin are recommended for lowering high fevers
    However, aspirin should not be given to anyone under the age of 18 without a doctor’s approval; if given during a viral infection, aspirin increases the risk of developing Reye’s syndrome, a potentially life-threatening disease affecting the brain and liver
    Get enough rest
    Sleep and rest help the body recuperate and fight off viruses
    Stay cool, but don’t get cold
    Keep the room temperature comfortable, but avoid making conditions too cool, which may cause shivers and in turn raise body temperature
    If the fever is persistent, see a doctor
    In general, a child or an adult under 60 with a fever above 103°F (39.>5°C) should seek immediate medical attention
    Any fever of 101°F (38.5°C) that lasts longer than 3 days, or or is higher than that and is accompanied by severe headache, nausea, vomiting, a stiff neck, a change in alertness, or hypersensitivity to light requires medical attention
    Don’t delay treatment for infants and the elderly
    Infants under 3 months of age with a fever higher than 100°F (38°C) and adults over 60 with a fever over 102°F (39°C) need medical attention