Carbon monoxide scare at daycare led to unexpected culprit

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MIDDLETON, Idaho – Firefighters rushed to an Idaho daycare following a strange call by workers,

The manager at ‘Our Kids Daycare’ told KTVB that 12 toddlers went down for a short nap around 11:30 a.m.

When they awoke, a teacher told the manager that the childrens’ pupils were enlarged.

“And so I came in and I checked them, and I’m like, okay, they’re all dilated,” said Robin Hagaman, the daycare manager. “You need to get them out of here.’ We moved them to the other end of the building.”

Hagaman says she opened all the doors to try and ventilate the room. She says the children were very hyper before they crashed.

At the same time, two teachers had headaches and felt nauseous.

When she looked at all the symptoms, Hagaman said she believed they were all suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

When firefighters began searching the building, they realized all the gas levels were normal.

However, they believe they found a culprit that no one expected.

Firefighters say essential oils that were being diffused in the back room may have caused the bizarre reactions.

“We’ve got some essential oils to kind of help with the different smells in the room of toddlers and to help with the viruses that are going around and stuff,” Hagaman said. “We had it up here on top of the little shelf, and it was going pretty steady.”

Experts believe the workers may have put too many drops in diffuser.

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