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. What are antibiotics? Antibiotics are chemicals designed specifically to kill or prevent the growth of some specific types of infections. A wide variety of things can cause infection, such as bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi, so we need a variety of antibiotics. Many germs, such as E. coli, can be killed by a variety of antibiotics. Some infections, such as HIV, the virus which causes AIDS, cannot be wiped out completely by any antibiotic we have so far. No antibiotics can treat the common cold, which is unfortunate since the common cold is so common! Do all infections need antibiotics? In order to correctly treat an infection with antibiotics, we first need to have a good idea which agent is causing the infection. Otherwise we won't be able to select the right antibiotic. And as we saw above, some infections, like a cold, simply don't improve no matter what antibiotic we give. Second, we need to be sure that taking the antibiotic won't caus... View more