Children at Risk of Severe Allergic Reaction, Swollen Lymph Nodes After COVID-19 Vaccination

A Norwegian study found that children who received the COVID-19 vaccine are at a greater risk of experiencing swollen lymph nodes.

The Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for those aged 12 and older have been linked to anaphylactic reactions, lymphadenopathy, and appendicitis, according to the study.

Some children were also at risk of developing epilepsy.

Researchers analyzed “496,432 adolescents born in 2002–2009, residing in Norway, and unvaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 at the beginning of the age-specific waves of vaccination in 2021,” the authors wrote.

After receiving a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, children were ten times more likely suffer a severe allergic reaction.

Within two weeks of the second vaccine, children were more than two times as likely to experience lymphadenopathy and seven times more likely to suffer myocarditis within three weeks of vaccination.

“Lymphadenopathy is a very common post-vaccination event,” the study noted.

“Knowledge of potential post-vaccination adverse events is crucial to weigh benefits against risks, and for future vaccine recommendations,” the authors concluded. “The number of observed outcomes and statistically significant associations were generally low in this study, with some exceptions which should be further monitored.”

They added that “[m]ore adolescent studies are necessary to explore potential age-specific post-vaccination adverse events, especially in relation to new mRNA vaccines or boosters.”

Another study revealed that children who received the COVID-19 vaccine are at greater risk of developing dental problems.

The study, published in the International Journal of General Medicine compared the saliva of children between the ages of 4 and 12 who received the COVID-19 vaccine with those who were not inoculated.

“The flow of saliva and its buffering capacity are vital factors that play a substantial role in maintaining oral health,” the researchers explained. “The salivary buffer systems play a critical role in maintaining the appropriate acid-base balance relatively stable pH level.”

According to the study’s findings, there was a “significantly higher salivary secretion rate in unvaccinated than vaccinated study participants.”

“The findings of this study may potentially have significant implications for the oral health of children,” the authors noted, “as the significant decrease in salivary secretion rate, pH and buffering capacity may further escalate the prevalence and severity of dental caries in this population.”