You might rub your baby's tender gums gently with your clean finger. A chilled teething ring—kept in the refrigerator, not in the freezer—also can help. Chewing on textured solid foods, such as teething biscuits or bagel pieces, helps teething, too. Offer these foods when your baby is sitting up, and stay nearby. Chill baby foods, too; they may feel better than warm foods.
Do not rub your baby's gums with gels or other medications. They are not necessary and can even be harmful if too much is used and your child swallows an excessive amount.
More drooling and swollen, tender gums signal teething. Be aware that a runny nose, diarrhea, fever, or rash probably are symptoms of illness, not teething.