When your nephew's first tooth does pop through the gums, you can expect a few things. Children will start chewing on just about anything (furniture, toys, clothes), which is called teething. During this time, he may become cranky, drool, and be fussier at mealtimes. Teething is painful for most children because when teeth begin to grow up through the gums, nerves are involved in the process.
To help your nephew during teething, give him something to chew on. Not only will this comfort him, but it will also help new teeth break through. Some teething objects could be a rubber or plastic teething ring, or a wet wash cloth. You may also want to freeze these objects, which may help relieve the pain by numbing his gums. Be sure that any teething object is large enough so that he can not choke or swallow it. Frequent use of gum gels is not recommended because it may accidentally be overused causing a child to overdose on the medicine. Occasional doses of acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be given by mouth, but very infrequently. If he has too many episodes of teething or the episodes seem too severe or different from usual, contact his pediatrician to be sure nothing else is going on.