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
By: Suzanne Berman, M.D. This is a very common problem -- sometimes we just don't admit it! Every child will occasionally have a hard stool. Hard stools can be painful to pass. If they are very hard, they can even cause tearing and bleeding of the rectum. Children who have a lot of hard, painful stools will try to wait as long as possible before going. This can develop into a vicious cycle. What is constipation? Constipation refers to hard stools, not to infrequent stools. If your child has stools only a few times a week, but they are normally formed and painless, this is normal and not considered constipation. Every child is different; very few children have the "perfect" once-a-day stool. Look at the great variability in the average number of stools a week: (from the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition) Breast fed infants: 5 to 40 a week Bottle fed infants: 5 to 28 a week Toddlers: 4 to 21 a week Preschoolers and up: 3 ... View more