Dr. Christopher Abel

Pediatrics
Dallas, TX
28 years experience male

Locations

Office

Dallas, TX

Address

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

My office hours

Thursday: 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

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265 Answers
75 Agrees
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
They're GREAT: Vaccines are one of the greatest medical advancements of the last century.
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A female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 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
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 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
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 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
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
No: Probably best to check in with your doctor about these issues.
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A member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Check in with her MD: Could be any number of things. Best course of action would be to check in with her doctor who can perform a full history and physical exam, and then ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Needs to see Dr.: Sounds like he may have an abscess that might need to be drained. If infected will also need to be placed on appropriate antibiotics.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Doubtful: You can't catch the flu from the shot. Likely he picked up some other bug while in the office getting their shot? If you are concerned i would recom... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
ALL children: And anyone who has not had chickenpox.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Yes: A PDA can sometimes present with a murmur, but often does not have a murmur present.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Infections: Multiple severe opportunistic infections in young children.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 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
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
More water: Try increasing the amount of water you are drinking. Fruit juice and/or fruits can help as well. Adding some additional fiber to your diet can also ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Potentially yes: If you or someone else has taken too much of benadryl, (diphenhydramine) or any other substance, call the national poison control center at 1-800-222-... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Routine: Your answer is in your question. Children respond best for bedtimes when their routines are predictable. It takes time, but it will work.
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A male asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Not recommended: No real need for that much supplemental protein in a normal health teenager. Other concern is that being a supplement, you do not know what you are g... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Depends: Newborns can be classified as small (sga), appropriate (aga), or large (lga) for gestational age. These are determined by graphing their birth weight... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Lifelong : Downs syndrome is a genetic condition caused by 3 copies of chromosome 21. Being a genetic condition, downs syndrome is a permanent condition. Many ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
See below: By definition, a circadian rhythm can be adjusted/reset by external stimuli. The best example of this is changing of our sleep schedules after overse... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Depends: Many variables contribute. Sex. Pubertal stage/development. Annual visits with your doctor will allow for a complete growth chart to be established... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Yes.: Protein shakes are simply what they say - extra protein. Likewise, a healthy diet is healthy as it includes fruits, vegetables and all elements of th... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 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
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 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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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Nothing: Hydrophobia is usually referring to the late stages of rabies infection in humans. This has nothing to do with hydrogen.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Drink more water: Snacking in itself is not unhealthy. Making bad choices when snacking is. Often our bodies cannot tell the difference between hunger and thirst, so ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 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
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Yes: Wormian bones are small pieces of bones that lie between the normal sutures of infants skulls. They can be markers for several other diseases.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
See below: Boys ~ 61 inches and 90 pounds girls ~ 60 inches and just under 90 pounds.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 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.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 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.
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Possibly: Depends on where you live? As we are at the start of the school year gastroenteritis cases definitely start to increase.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
See your Dr.: He needs a full physical exam, as well as an examination of his growth chart since birth. The doctor can also look into his nutritional status. Thes... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 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.
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 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
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Should be fine: Just try and keep him away from any drafty areas. Since he has probably not had his first set of shots either, keeping him away from people other tha... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Possibly: Typically antibiotic eye drops would be preferred as you can get a higher concentration of the drug directly at the site of infection, instead of the ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 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
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
No: Amoxil (amoxicillin) is an antibiotic that is only effective at treating bacterial infections. Influenza is a virus and no antibiotic will treat viru... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Facial anomolies: Incomplete development of the ear, nose, mandible, soft palate and/or lip. Usually these defects are only on one side of the body.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Both: There are numerous different types of chacot-marie-tooth. Some are autosomal dominant, some autosomal recessive, and others x=linked.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Cardiologist: Depends on the size, location and child's age. Many small asds can close on their own while others require catheterization or open heart surgery. Yo... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Well balanced diet: Typically no need for a specific diet for a healthy pre teen child. If there are specific concerns, those would be best addressed with her physician,... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 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
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Should be fine: The only thing that i would recommend keeping an eye on is the direct bilirubin of 1.0 at 20 days of life. While not problematic at this point, it sh... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
See below: Hiv can be transmitted via blood, semen, vaginal secretions, or breast milk. Therefore it can be transmitted sexually, via blood , or from mom to inf... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 years experience
See your doctor: Sounds like it could be infected which would need antibiotics, but could also be secondary to a fungal infection, so seeing your doctor for a definiti... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 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
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 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
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 28 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
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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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