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Kids with multiple siblings at greater risk of getting bullied

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While having siblings makes childhood blissful, it can also lead to bullying, finds a new study.

A child with multiple siblings is more likely to be a victim of sibling bullying than those with only one brother or sister.

First-born children and elder brothers tend to be the perpetrators, according to the study.
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Sibling bullying is defined as psychological abuse (saying nasty or hurtful things), physical abuse (hitting, kicking or pushing) or emotional abuse (ignoring one’s sibling, telling lies or spreading false rumours).

For the study, the researchers analysed 6,838 children and their mothers. The kids were put into four categories: victims, bully victims – they bullied and were bullied – bullies or uninvolved.

“Sibling bullying is the most frequent form of family violence and it is often seen as a normal part of growing up by parents and health professionals, but there is increasing evidence that it can have long-term consequences, like increased loneliness, delinquency and mental health problems,” said lead author Dieter Wolke at the University of Warwick in Britain.

The findings, published in the journal Developmental Psychology, found that approximately 28 per cent of the children were involved in sibling bullying and psychological abuse was the most common form. The majority of those children were found to be bully victims.

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“Siblings live in close quarters and the familiarity allows them to know what buttons to press to upset their brothers or sisters. This can go both ways and allows a child to be both a victim and a perpetrator of bullying,” said Wolke.

Importantly, family structure and gender were the strongest predictors of sibling bullying by middle childhood, according to the researchers.

“Bullying was more likely to occur in families with three or more children and the eldest child or older brothers were more often the bullies,” said Dantchev. “Female children and younger children were more often targeted.”

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Furthermore, bullying can happen in larger families because resources such as parental affection or attention and material goods are more limited, researchers believe.

Competition for limited resources within family may lead to fight for dominance, said the study.

“It will be important for parents to realise and understand that resource loss can affect an older child. It is a good idea for parents to manage this from the beginning by spending quality time with their firstborn or older children and by involving them in caring for younger siblings,” Wolke suggested.

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Holi colours can damage your skin, hair; here are some tips to take care!

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New Delhi: Holi colours can damage your skin and leave your hair lifeless for days. Use a good moisturizing face wash on your face after playing Holi and apply a clarifying shampoo to rinse colour from hair, say experts.

 

 

Aneesh Sheth’s CEO, Dr Sheth’s and Madhavi Irani, Chief Officer, Content, Nykaa.com, an online all brand make-up store — have listed out ways to take care of your hair and skin after playing Holi.

 

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* Use a good moisturizing face wash on your face after playing Holi. The colours can be very drying and using soap or harsh facewash can irritate the skin further.

 

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* After deep cleansing, apply a soothing anti-oxidant cream which contains Vitamin E that works to repair and hydrate the skin to keep it soft and supple all day long.

 

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* For a home remedy, mix yoghurt and honey with some rose water and apply it as a mask. This will calm and nourish the skin that has been damaged.

 

How to take care of skin and hair post Holi as festival colours are dangerous!

 

* Use a clarifying shampoo to rinse colour from hair. After using shampoo, apply conditioner on the lengths of hair. Leave on for a couple of minutes and rinse with cold water. Use colour protect conditioner for colour treated hair.

 

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* After your shower, don’t forget to apply a nourishing body lotion and face moisturiser as the skin tends to become dry due to excess colour and sun exposure. Applying a good moisturizing cream after your bath will also help restore your skin’s lipid balance and soothe irritated skin.

 

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* All that scrubbing can leave your facial skin dry and inflamed. Choose a light face oil, that works best for your skin type, on thoroughly cleansed skin to soothe and hydrate it.

 

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* A simple home remedy to fade stubborn colour that simply won’t wash off: Make a mixture of gram flour, sweet almond oil and milk cream in rose water. Apply the paste on the areas where the colour has settled. Let the paste dry on the skin and rub it in circular gently to remove it.

 

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