Why Is Sugar Water Good for Shock?
Sugar water has been the go-to remedy for many a housewife in the event of a child falling, being stung by a bee or even getting a big fright. In the case of a traumatic event, many people often rush to prepare a glass of sugar water for the affected person in the hopes it will calm their nerves.
But does sugar water really work for shock – and how?
Is Sugar Water Good for Shock?
It is important that you combat the effects of shock before it sets in, as it can lead to fainting which potentially can cause injury if the individual falls in a bad way. At the same time it is simply unpleasant, making this one of the quickest and easiest ways to make an individual feel better and to comfort them.
So how do you go about treating shock? The first thing to do is to get the individual to sit down. This is very important as it prevents them from potentially falling and hurting themselves. At the same time you should get them to put their head between their knees if they feel very feint. This will help to get the blood to rush back to their brains which will prevent feinting. Meanwhile it is probably also wise to provide some kind of bag in case the individual needs to be sick, and to get them sat down outside where they can benefit from the fresh air.
At the same time it’s also important to give them something to drink, normally something warm with sugar – the latter helping to prevent shaking and increase blood sugar levels. A cup of tea or dissolved sugar in water then is great, and you should add two or three sugars to the tea even if they don’t normally drink sugar. Similarly it can be a good idea to try and replace the salt that they might have lost from sweating, and you can do this with a bag of crisps or something similar.
So while sugar is important in aiding the relief and preventing shock from setting in, it is only one aspect of treating it.