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7 Ways to Keep Your Accident-Prone Child with ADHD Safe

Eileen Bailey Jul 26th, 2013 (updated Nov 29th, 2016)
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Create a safe play environment
Create a safe play environment

If you have a back yard, set up a child safe playset, have games and activities that are safe available and be sure to put away any tools or sharp objects. For younger children who tend to wander, make sure the yard is supervised at all times.  

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Establish and review playtime rules
Establish and review playtime rules

Frame your conversation around what your child should do, rather than what he shouldn't do. For example, if indoors state, "Remeber we walk when in the house," rather than saying, "No running."  Your child may listen better when you frame discussions in this way.  

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Discuss the consequences
Discuss the consequences

Discuss what will happen as a result of inappropriate behavior. For example, what is going to happen if your child climbs to the top of the playset, or dares his friend to, and then jumps? This type of behavior increases the chances of an injury and for most children with ADHD, leaping before looking happens more often than looking before leaping.  

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Insist on using proper safety equipment
Insist on using proper safety equipment

Enfore using the proper safety equipment for the current activity. For example, when riding a bike, your child should have a helmet on at all times. Knee, elbow and wrist pads as well as helmets should be used when skateboarding. Take the time to research proper safety equipment for the activities your child does. Let your child know what the consequences will be for not using the proper equipment.  

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Go over street crossing rules
Go over street crossing rules

One study found that children with ADHD look both ways but may take more risks, such as crossing the street quickly when a car is coming rather than waiting for it to pass.  

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Make sure your child wears appropriate shoes
Make sure your child wears appropriate shoes

Open-toed shoes, heels or shoes that don't fit properly can cause injuries on the play ground or when running outside. Sturdy, properly sized shoes can help reduce injuries.  

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Have an emergency plan
Have an emergency plan

If you do need to head to the ER, is there someone available to watch your other children?  Check in advance if the ER in your local hospital takes your insurance.  Ask your pediatrician which hospital is best for dealing with childhood injuries.