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
Suzanne Berman, M.D. What is EMLA? EMLA is a cream that is used to numb the skin prior to a procedure, such as starting an IV or giving a vaccine. It is effective in older infants, children, and adults. How does EMLA work? EMLA contains lidocaine and prilocaine, medications that have been used for many years as anesthetics in medical and dental offices. EMLA contains these medications in a cream form. An area of skin is cleaned and then cream is applied directly to the skin. A dressing to hold the cream in place covers the spot. (Putting the cream and dressing on is not painful: it's like putting a Band-Aid on.) After 1-2 hours, the cream numbs the skin tissue underneath. The dressing is removed and the cream is wiped off. Your child can then have his or her procedure with a lot less pain. There is now a faster-acting preparion of EMLA cream that works in about 15-30 minutes. How effective is EMLA? Several studies have shown that EMLA greatly reduces the pain childre... View more