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My 2-year-old son was diagnosed with an ear infection on a Monday and we were sent on our way with a strawberry-tasting antibiotic I would sneak into his favorite yogurt drinks for the next 10 days. He was on his way to getting better, right? Wrong. My little man spiked 105.1 fever. After panicking for five seconds, I got myself moving. 

Here's what my pediatrician told me to do if my toddler got a fever higher than 103:

1. Administer Motrin.

2. Call your Ped (yes, even after hours -- leave a message with the answering service).

3. Run a bath. A luke warm bath. You might think cold, but that will cause your child to shiver and shivering will raise the fever.

4. After the bath, dress the child in a diaper/training pants/undies and a loose fitting T-shirt. Take his temp again. If he's still over 103 after the medication and bath, get to the ER -- just go.

5. Something else to try that worked for us: Wrap bags of frozen veggies in dish towels and place them on the child's back, between his legs and under his arm pits. 

High fevers are SCARY! What was the highest fever your child had? How did you deal with it? 


This is one mom's experience, please consult with your doctor.