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A 5-year-old boy is brought in by his parents for recurrent abdominal pain. The child has been taken out of class 5 times this past week for abdominal pain that resulted in him being sent home. The mother reports that her son's stools have remained unchanged during this time and are brown in color, without blood, and with normal consistency and scent. She also notes that while at home he seems to be his usual self and does not complain of any symptoms. Of note she presents to you that she has been preparing her son's lunches which consist of couscous, vegetables, fried rice, and chicken. The patient denies difficulty with producing stool and does not complain of any functional pain. The child's vitals and labs including BMP and CBC are unremarkable and within normal limits. An abdominal exam is performed and there is no tenderness upon palpation, and the abdomen is soft and non-distended. After a conversation with the child exploring his symptoms, which of the following is the next step in management for this child?
Increase oral hydration and fiber intake
Check the stool for fecal red blood cells and leukocytes
Perform a stool culture
Begin treatment with ciprofloxacin
Begin cognitive behavioral therapy
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A mother brings her 3-year-old son to the doctor because she is worried that he might be harming himself by constantly banging his head on the wall. He has been exhibiting this behavior for a few months. She is also worried because he has started to speak less than he used to and does not respond when his name is called. He seems aloof during playtime with other children and seems to have lost interest in most of his toys. What is the most likely diagnosis?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Generalized anxiety disorder
Autism spectrum disorder