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