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. Why do children get ear infections? The middle ear normally secretes a small amount of fluid. When a child is healthy, this fluid easily drains through the Eustachian tubes to the back of the nose. However, when a child gets a cold, allergies, or sinus inflammation, the middle ear makes a lot more fluid (just like the nose runs more than usual.) Unfortunately, the Eustachian tubes become swollen and puffy, making it hard for the extra fluid to drain out. The warm, moist fluid builds up in the middle ear, providing an inviting habitat for bacteria to grow. Children do grow out of ear infections eventually -- older children and adults have bigger Eustachian tubes that drain better. What puts a child at risk for ear infections? In addition to having a cold and being young, the following are also known to be risk factors for ear infections:  Cigarette smoke exposure.  Pacifier use. In a 2000 study in Finland, children who ... View more