STATELINE (WIFR)-- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the leading cause of death in babies, killing nearly five thousand children each year. Some of you contacted us on facebook asking us to investigate the sudden tragedy. We talked to a local mother who lost her daughter.
Rhonda Artman saved one picture of her three month old daughter Jennifer. The infant died in her sleep nearly 21 years ago and while time has passed, she says the pain will never go away.
Jennifer died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome also known as SIDS. It’s an unexplained death in children up to a year old. 95 percent of cases are typically in the first six months of life and perhaps the scariest part for parents, there are no warning signs.
While it's still unclear what causes nearly five thousand babies to die in their sleep annually, members with the Illinois chapter for SIDS say there are things parents can do to lower the risk.
The infant should be laid on his or her back on a firm mattress with a tight sheet, that means absolutely no blankets or toys, kids should also be nowhere near smoking, and shouldn't wear hats indoors. Local pediatric nurses say despite the precautions, nothing can be done to completely stop the risk