August 01, 2011
Andrew Adesman, MD
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder-combined type (ADHD-C) choose riskier pedestrian environments to cross within, according to a new study published in Pediatrics. Unintentional injury is the leading cause of pediatric mortality, and a leading cause of unintentional injury is pedestrian injury.
Kids with developmental disabilities, particularly those with ADHD-C, seem to have increased pedestrian injury risk. While kids with ADHD-C seem to display appropriate curbside pedestrian behavior, they don’t adequately process information to permit crossing safely, according to the journal.
This study reinforces the notion that kids with ADHD are more at risk in certain situations. In fact, this study may underestimate the extent of the problem: If kids are in a distraction-free setting and they still show more risk-related behavior, it may be an underestimate.