At some point this winter your host child will probably develop a fever, i.e. a body temperature that is higher than the normal 98.6 F. It is very important to realize that fever itself is not an illness-only a symptom of one. When your host child has a fever, his/her heart rate and breathing will speed up slightly in addition to feeling slightly warm. She/he may appear flushed and perspiration may be present as well. Do not give medicine to your host child with out the permission of your host family. There are strict guidelines for dosages and they MUST be followed.