About Plateau Pediatrics
Located in Crossville, Tennessee, we are excited about helping serve the health care needs of Cumberland County children. Our three board-certified pediatricians and board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner care for young people from birth until age 21, marriage, or pregnancy. We provide comprehensive medical home services, including:
  • Well-baby and well-child exams
  • Daycare, school, sports, and camp physicals
  • Same-day appointments for sick and injured children
  • Management of chronic childhood illnesses
  • Primary care for children with special needs
  • All required (and some optional) vaccines
  • Nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian
  • Breastfeeding support services
  • Hearing, vision, developmental, and behavioral screening
  • Inpatient care at Cumberland Medical Center for children requiring hospitalization
  • Coordination of tests and services (physical therapy, MRI)
  • Coordination of referral care for children requiring pediatric subspecialists
  • An on-call physician available by phone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
Robert Berman, M.D. Suzanne Berman, M.D. What qualifies as a fever? A child's body temperature is not a constant 98.6 degrees. During the course of a typical day, body temperature may vary almost two degrees above or below the 98.6 average. Fever is considered to be present if the body temperature is outside of this normal range. As measured by a rectal thermometer, a temperature of 100.5 or higher is considered to be a fever. Less than this is not a "low grade fever;" it's simply within the normal temperature range. Why does the body make fever? When a healthy child begins to fight an infection, natural chemicals called pyrogens are produced. These pyrogens cause the body's temperature to go up, resulting in a fever. A fever means that the body has found an infection and is trying to fight it. In fact, we know the immune system works better when the body is at a higher temperature. Fever is a symptom of most common illnesses of childhood, including: colds, ... View more