Are Some Florida Children at Greater Risk for Injuries?

by Carmen Dellutri on October 3, 2011

Florida accident lawyersAs Florida personal injury attorneys, we are all too aware that children suffer from preventable injuries every day. But are all children subject to the same amount of risk? According to a new study, an increasingly common diagnosis for children—ADHD—could double school-aged children’s risk of injury.

The research, published in the upcoming issue of Academic Pediatrics, studied 4,745 fifth-graders from Houston, Los Angeles, and Birmingham. Serious injury was defined as one that required medical attention, including broken bones, sprains, strains, and cuts and bruises. The study found that more than half of the injuries included broken bones.

“We found that children with more ADHD symptoms, those in the 90th percentile, are nearly twice as likely to get hurt as those with symptoms in the 10th percentile,” said David Schwebel, Ph.D., director of the UAB Youth Safety Laboratory and lead author of the study.

“These are children that no longer have adults or parents or teachers watching over them all the time, which means they have to make decisions on their own,” Schwebel said. “Children with ADHD are impulsive, inattentive; they may not notice things because their mind is wandering, and they’re hyperactive so they’re always moving and getting into things.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9.4 percent, or 5.4 million, children ages 4–17 in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD. Therefore, the researchers are hopeful that this study will improve injury-prevention strategies for millions of mental health practitioners, pediatricians, parents, and children.

Source: Consumer Affairs

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