As a parent, you're probably familiar with the basics of toddler-proofing your home. But if your child has ADHD, extra precautions need to be made to make sure that he or she stays out of harm's way. Children with ADHD, regardless of their biological age, are highly energetic, adventurous, and impulsive. There is no way you can keep an eye on your child 24/7, and it's likely that he or she might get into a dangerous situation when your back is turned. If your ADHD child is running the household, try these tips on child-proofing your home. By taking these safety measures, you can have some peace of mind knowing that your ADHD child is safe.
Buy child-proof furniture and décor
Children with ADHD love to play and explore. To them, the furniture at home is a foreign land they can conquer. Buy sturdy furniture made of resin or hard plastic so they will withstand all the climbing and jumping your child does. Instead of tall bookshelves or stackable furniture, which look like fun ladders to a child, use out-of-reach wall -shelves. Don't decorate tables with low-hanging tablecloth, which might get snagged by a running child, sending picture frames, vases, and other valuable contents crashing to the floor. All breakable decorative items should be kept out of reach for the time being. Serve your child's meals on plastic plates, but make sure that the plate itself is never heated; heated plastic release harmful chemicals that can contribute to ADHD.
Limit your child's toys
Toys and games can be quite a bother to put away. Save yourself the trouble by avoiding toys like Lego, which have several small pieces that can end up under tables or rugs. Get these toys only when your child is old enough to know how to clean after himself.
Invest in child locks
Place child locks on windows and doors leading to the balcony, terrace, backyard, and kitchen to keep your child away from these high-risk areas.
Be awake when your child gets up
ADHD kids can still get into accidents, even in the most child-proofed of homes. The most effective way to keep your child safe is to be up and about by the time your child wakes up so you can keep an eye on him or her. If you're attending to other tasks in the morning, ask your spouse to cover for you. The important thing is that the child be watched by a responsible adult at all times, until the hyperactive symptoms are under control.