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I really appreciate your honest question and will consider it as such. I sounds to me like you are very intelligent and certainly want the best for your child.
First of all, the fever can go to 105 for 3 days without any side effects in young children. "Febrile seizures" are actually not caused by the high fever but when the fever drops too quickly. So it is best not to make the child hot, like they used to do (and often still do in Europe) e.g. cover him with blankets to make him 'sweat it out', but instead keep him just so he does not get chilled. I don't think sponge baths do anything in the long run. They might bring the fever down but only for a shot time. What works better is to only sponge the soles of the feet with cool water and vinegar.
The other thing that I have repeatedly noticed in my children is that they only get "so sick" and then they rebound. No matter what. I actually used to panic and plan on calling the doctor or use some allopathic medicine in - two hours! - or by this evening - and just as I would think this is it! I can not take any more of a chance, the child started to improve. I have experienced that repeatedly while I raised my three kids. (They are now 35, 34, 32.) And it saved them from getting allopathic meds almost regularly. (My son had asthma, vaccine induced at 9 months.)
I am telling you that because I know how you felt when you took him to the ER and when you gave him tylenol. But I sincerely think that if you would have waited maybe another five hours, his body would have taken care of everything.
Anyway, it's not my intent to judge. I can read from everything you've written that you are an excellent mother and certainly do what you feel in your heart is best.
I am sure he will recover no matter what. Kids are very strong and resilient. We just have to keep that in mind.
By the way, I am reading an excellent book. And it describes so exactly the line of defense within our body. Yes, it deals with vaccination, but it also deals with the total immune system and how the body reacts.
I feel that it would be something you might be interested in. Maybe you can skim it in the library. The first three chapters will answer a lot of questions you migh have and don't deal with vaccines.
And now I almost forgot to post the title.
"What every parent should know about Childhood Immunization" Jamie Murphy.
If by chance you have it, re-read the first three chapters and you'll see where I stand.
No matter what, thanks for being polite. I appreciated that very much.