Have you tried baby tylenol or baby ibuprophen? They should last several hours. Teething tablets help too - they help calm the baby down so the pain doesn't bother them as much.
I know he's still very little but as he gets older, he'll figure out that chewing on things feels good and he'll be able to find and hold those things himself. Make sure you have a good variety of chewing toys - soft rubbery ones, hard wooden ones, cloth ones, cold ones, vibrating ones, etc.
The first couple of teeth are bad because it's the first time they've felt this type of pain. For most (not all babies) it gets easier after that until the first year molars arrive sometime around the first birthday and then the second molars are the second birthday. After that, you're done until they start to lose teeth in kindergarten or 1st grade.
at 4:52 PM on Jun. 22, 2008