ADHD and Injuries
Much of what is already known about injury prevention may be particularly useful for people with ADHD. Some suggestions for parents include:
- Ensure bicycle helmet use. Remind children as often as necessary to watch for cars and to avoid unsafe activities.
- Supervise children when they are involved in high-risk activities or are in risky settings, such as when climbing or when in or around a swimming pool.
- Keep potentially harmful household products, tools, equipment, and objects out of the reach of young children.
- Teens with ADHD may need to limit the amount of music listened to in the car while driving, drive without passengers and/or keep the number of passengers to a chosen few, plan trips well ahead of time, avoid alcohol and drug use, and avoid cellular phone usage.
- Parents may want to enroll their teens in driving safety courses before they get their driver's license.