Our expert says:
Some kids seem to sail through this issue without problems, and others find it a big step to take. 5 is a bit old to have this still remaining a problem. In this case, her many hospitalizations may be very relevant - she may associate sleeping of her own to being like the scary experience when very young, of being alone in a scary place ; though memories are not well recorded before the age of 4 or 5 at least.
She is likely to grow out of it, I like Rita's idea of sleepovers, as a step towards independence, and also the idea of a bedtime story or chat, and explicitly sitting with her till she falls asleep rather than committing to spending the whole night with her. And as she is older, gentle chat ( during the day time !) may enable her to voice her concerns about sleeping alone.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal
advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.