WHY can you only give someone 4 ounces of water ever 15 minutes who has suffered from heat stroke?

Question by Wendy G: WHY can you only give someone 4 ounces of water ever 15 minutes who has suffered from heat stroke?
In my Red Cross Book it states that you can only give 4 ounces of liquid every 15 minutes to someone who has suffered from heat stroke. Does anyone know why? I understand all of the other treatments and steps necessary to cool the body down I just want to know why only a small amount of liquid in a segmented time.

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Answer by Jimmi
The body is in a state of shock, and giving to much water can cause vomiting , hence more dehydration

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    acs May 25, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    When a person has heat stroke, they’re severely dehydrated. Giving them a glass of water would overwhelm their body, so you must work up to that entire glass of water.

    It’s similar to feeding a person who is starving. You can only give them small amounts of food because their body is used to no food at all, and work your way up to a full meal.

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