Oh. I am so sorry. Our daughter had really bad colic and no one could give me an answer, although suggestions ranged from reflux to an immature nervous system. We tried everything, including the vaccuum, sitting her on the clothes dryer, music, walking, 8 different kinds of formula and of course the pacifier. I had her in to the doctor practically every week and no one in that office could get her calm, either. We could never imagine how someone could abandon their baby until we experienced that. The only thing that worked was a little Sesame Street toy saxophone that played jazz music. When we walked her and held the saxophone, she would stop crying. We are expecting our second in March and praying that we don't have problems. But there is good news...
For one, she was a really good toddler (she's 5 now). And also, the colic did go away around five months. It can last up to six months, but it usually goes away between four and six months.
The best news, of course, is that there is a pediatrician in California that has done extensive study on colic. (We didn't find out about this until too late.) His name is Harvey Karp and he authored the book, "The Happiest Baby on the Block." You can check out his website at www.thehappiestbaby.com.
In a nutshell (quoted from a Chicago Tribune article published on 7/28/2002 - I may frame this some day), his suggestions are as follows:
"To calm a fussy baby, Karp said, wrap him tightly in a square blanket, pinning the baby's arms against his sides so he can't break loose. This simply sets the stage for the calming efforts to come, so don't be alarmed if your baby initially cries harder at being swaddled. Next, position him in your arms on his side or stomach; make a shhhh sound loudly in his ear to imitate the sounds he heard in the uterus; swing the baby; and, finally, give him something to suck on.
Though some infants will respond quickly to two or three of the steps, most colicky newborns will require all five, Karp said. For those infants, each stage is a layer that builds on previous ones."
Dr. Karp claims that he's never met an infant he couldn't console. Just remember the 5 S's: swaddling, side/stomach position, shhing, swinging and sucking.
I hope this helps. We may be trying it with our second.