cerebral palsy are prone to falls and other injuries,
especially if they are affected by
seizures. Following are some ways to improve safety
and avoid injuries. For more information on safety for people who have
seizures, see the topic Epilepsy.
Tips for working with children
Supervise activities involving the use of sharp
objects, such as knives.
Have your child wear a protective helmet
if he or she frequently falls or has seizures.
Check your child's
shoes often to make sure they fit properly, give good support, and are in good
condition. Shoes with soles that grip, such as those made of rubber, are safer
than smooth-soled shoes.
Household safety tips
Pad sharp corners on furniture and countertops.
Smooth out any rough surfaces under kitchen and bathroom countertops and keep
Use protective devices, such as side rails on
beds and straps or seat belts in chairs. Install handrails in the bathroom
around the toilet and in the shower.
Use sturdy, heavy furniture
that cannot be easily overturned.
Keep walkways clear of clutter
and other objects, such as throw rugs, that can cause falls, and do not polish
Keep objects that are frequently used within easy
Don't let electrical cords hang low or lie on the
Use skid-proof mats on floors and skid-proof placemats under
bowls and plates.