Teething is the stage in which babies’ teeth start to come through their gums.
Call your doctor if your baby is extremely fussy or has a fever higher than 100° F (37.8° C)—your baby is probably sick, not just teething.
To help your baby feel more comfortable:
Give your baby something safe to chew on, such as a firm teething toy or cool, gel-filled teething ring
Massage your baby’s gums with your finger or with ice
Give your baby pain medicine, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, if your baby is very uncomfortable
Don’t use teething gels—they don't help much, and they may contain benzocaine, which causes serious problems in some babies