ADHD and Increased Risk of injury

by on November 2nd, 2011 at 7:00 am

ADHD is a common problem facing many adolescents and adults. In children, it is commonly characterized by a lack of attention, forgetfulness, the inability to sit still, and excessive talking.  According to the CDC, 5.4 million (9.5%) children between ages 4-17 have been diagnosed since 2007 and that number is steadily growing. Along with the common symptoms of ADHD, come additional risks. A recent study conducted by the University of Alabama has found that children with ADHD are twice as likely to be seriously injured; boys in this group were more likely to be injured than girls.

Researchers studied 4,725 fifth graders from Houston, Birmingham and Los Angeles. They defined ‘seriously injured’ as requiring medical attention, which means higher medical costs and more worry for parents of ADHD children. Over half of all hospital visits recorded were from broken bones.  The symptoms of ADHD pose the problem for children’s safety. A child who has low attention is much less likely to look both ways when crossing a road, leading to increased risk of being hit by car, they are less likely to wear a helmet when riding a bike due to impulsiveness, and are more likely to get physical during play.  

Parents should take note, if your child has ADHD or ADHD-like symptoms; it is advised to inform the child frequently of the dangers associated with crossing the streets, riding without a helmet, and excessive horse play. These factors lead to increased risk of injury and ADHD children must be reminded of these dangers more so than non-ADHD children.

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