20/06/2009 09:47 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Why I Love... Teething Powder

It's a rare child that gets through teething without experiencing some sort of pain. Sore gums, red cheeks, dribbling, crying or any combination of the above tend to figure at some time.

So I want to share with you a cure for teething pain that I promise really does work.

When my daughter was born nine years ago, homeopathic remedies weren't as easily available as they are now. But we had a secret weapon: Uncle Eric. My uncle was working in the warehouse of a company which sold homeopathic medicines, and one day he brought home a box of sachets of teething powder(which is actually a herbal remedy not a homeopathic one).

Wow. Not for nothing do parents of teething toddlers call this stuff magic powder.

Teething powders come in a box of individual sachets. The main active ingredient is chamomilla root, well known for its calming properties. Think of it like essence of chamomile tea, for babies.

You tip the sachet of powder directly into baby's mouth. The effect is miraculous. Sometimes I wonder if this effect is partly psychological, due to having just had a bunch of white powder deposited in your gob. I think that might shut me up too.

There are various brands available including Ashtons & Parsons, Nelsons Teetha and Boots Own Brand, so you should have no trouble finding teething powder at your local chemist.

I've recommended it to friends all around the world, and everyone has come back amazed at how effective it is. It's one of those products that once you've discovered it, you wonder how you ever managed without it.

What are your remedies for soothing the pain of teething?