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Dr. Christopher Abel

Pediatrics
Dallas, TX
27 years experience male

Locations

Office

Dallas, TX

Address

8350 N. Central Expressway, Suite M-1025, Dallas, TX
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

(214) 368-5803

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Aetna

Cigna

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

I live in a household full of my wonderful children and I love spending time at their sporting events and watching them enjoy life.

Specialties
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Pediatrics

Doctor Q&A

265 Answers
75 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Not recommended: Simply touching the material should not be harmful, but would definitely not leave it in contact with the skin for extended periods of time.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
May need a wick: Hard to tell without seeing your ears, but it sounds like you have otitis externa (outer ear infection). Sometimes when the ear canal gets so swollen... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Possibly: Depends on where you live? As we are at the start of the school year gastroenteritis cases definitely start to increase.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Fluids: Your grandmother was right. Increased fluids (non-caffinated) and rest. Hot tea with honey and hot showers are also helpful. Good luck.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
See your doctor: Depends on what medicine they are placing you on. This would be an appropriate question for the prescribing physician.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
See below: A sore throat is exactly what it says it is - a sore throat (more of a symptom). Strep throat is a specific cause of sore throat caused by group a st... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
See your doctor: Only way to accurately tell what your problem is, is to see your doctor so they can perform a urinalysis.
A female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Diet & Nutrition: While you can control what foods she has to eat while at home, she is more in control while at school. Preparing her lunch at home instead of allowin... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Antibiotic: Antibiotics cause a disruption in the normal balance between viruses, bacteria, and yeast in the colon. Loose stools (and sometimes discolorations) a... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
See your doctor: Entire chapters of books are written about abdominal pain, so any answers here would be purely speculative. What you need is a thorough history, phy... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Nothing magic: Simple things like getting to bed earlier, good diet, exercise, and keeping electronics out of your room where you sleep.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Rest and fluids: The more rest and fluids you can get will help you get over this more quickly. Try some nasal saline spray as well to help relieve some of your sympt... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Yes: If you have a documented case of strep, then antibiotics are warranted. What you want to avoid is taking antibiotics for every runny nose.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Usually not: Absorption from suppositories is difficult to predict, so any medication placed in a suppository would have to be approved first. Toddlers can be stu... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
All effective: Doesn't matter what type of exercise you do, as long as you are doing some kind of exercise. Ideally, it should be strenuous enough that you can't ca... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Call poison control: That is a dose well above the recommended dosing levels. To be safe, i would recommend you contact your local poison control center, so they can bett... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
See below: Many other viruses can give the same symptoms of flu. Alot depends on what your doc found on physical exam and what is prevalent in your community. ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
See Below: Since Fragile X is a genetic disease, there is no treatment for the disease itself. There are options for treating some of the symptoms of Fragile X ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Should be safe: No evidence that being on stimulants cause any chronic medical problems. It sounds like you may have specific concerns, which would be best addressed... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Take a deep breath: It is normal to be anxious/worried/excited before the arrival of a new baby. Take some slow deep breaths to help relax, but worrying won't hurt your ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
See your doctor: I would be hard pressed to blame all those symptoms on stress. At the minimum you need a urine sample to be evaluated especially looking for a uti.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
See your doctor: Could be a variety of things, but seeing their physician and having their urine checked would be the first step.
A female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Yes: An ear infection is not contagious, but the cold or upper respiratory illness he had that caused the ear infection is. Good rule of thumb is that he ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Depends: You need to see your physician for a full evaluation. Your height is determined by genetics as well as where you are in pubertal development. A full... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Simple Equation: There is no specific diet that will make you lose weight. The most important thing to remember is your caloric expenditure (ie, exercist) must be mor... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
No: Both those weights fall in the 10th-25th percentiles for her. The important thing is to follow how she is doing over time, which your doctor will do ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
See your doctor: Based on this question as well as the other symptoms you describe in your other question, i would be suspicious of strep throat. A quick visit to you... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Time: There are many different types of viral rashes, each with their own time frames for resolution. For the most part, there is nothing that will speed u... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Depends: Depends on what is in the vitamins, how many they took, and how much the child weighs. To be safe, please call poison control @ 1-800-222-1222.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Should be fine: If the pain persists beyond a few days while on the antibiotics, a re evaluation with your physician would be advised.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Patience: Especially if they are in day care, it is very common for infants to "catch every bug that goes around". This will pass as their immune system become... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Ignore: They will respond better if you empower them to make good decisions rather than "manage" them.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Varies: Could be as long as several weeks. Things to look for that would warrant more urgent need to be seen would be gasping for breath, or unable to suck o... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
No tricks: No tricks, just focus on eating a healthy diet and workouts that focus on the upper body.
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Hemophilia A: This is "classic hemophilia" caused by low levels of factor 8 which is a protein responsible for clotting of blood. There are many different levels o... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
None: There is no "cure" for diabetes. If this is secondary to weight issues, then weight loss can bring it back under control, but unfortunately there is ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Depends: Your physician will best be able to make that decision. While there are risks with leaving the hospital, there are also risks of staying in the hospi... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
History & Physical: Symptoms you are describing don't easily fit together. Before jumping to tests a thorough history and complete physical exam will help lead your doct... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Fever free: Good rule of thumb with infectious diseases is you need to be fever free for 24 hours. Just think of the golden rule - if you would be upset if someo... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Delayed: Sounds like his speech development is delayed. You should follow up with your pediatrician for an evaluation including a hearing test to help best dec... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Safe: But not advisable. Your baby needs to learn to sleep alone in their own bed or crib. Additionally, the car seat sleeping will put the baby at an incr... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
See your doctor: Definitely something that needs to be seen and evaluated. You primary care would be a good start, but nothing you are saying now sounds like it needs... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
See below: Not sure what your question is. There are a variety of reasons your child could be on antibiotics. If you are having further concerns about his symp... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Probably: Would have to agree with the person who actually looked in your ear. All your symptoms are consistent with that diagnosis. Lots of rest and fluids a... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Probably not: Probably a portion of her sternum (chestplate) you are feeling. As long as it is not rapidly growing/painful or red, I think "watchful waiting" is ap... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
The truth: You don't necessarily have to go into all the details, but trying to hide things from them, generally doesn't end well. An honest, upfront discussion... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Yes: A PDA can sometimes present with a murmur, but often does not have a murmur present.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
They're GREAT: Vaccines are one of the greatest medical advancements of the last century.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Newborn well being: The apgar score was devised by dr. Virginia apgar to asses the well being of newborns. It is an acronym for (appearance, pulse, grimace, activity, r... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Surgey: The timing of repair depends on the health of the child and the degree of the defect. Your cardiologist and surgeon can discuss these options in more... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Abel is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Abel is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Also can this cause anxiety? I feel at time I have a panic moment. I was getting my hair cut. Felt like I was gonna pass out. Light head.
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Thanks for your quick reply! I havnt had any shots since I was 13 and that was tetnus and my last gyno was a year ago..I just got insurance.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, TX
Graduated 1995MD

Residency

Childrens Medical Center of Dallas

Awards

Best Doctor in Dallas--D-Magazine
2013-2014, Texas Monthly Magazine Super Doctors
Top Pediatrician, Third Place, Texas - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Childrens Medical Center of Dallas
Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas
Baylor Medical Center of Dallas
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