Our expert says:
This does indeed sound like a bad reaction to the period in hospital, where it seems likely that parts of the experience were far more frightening for him than anyone noticed or expected at the time. Father working away isn't likely to have made this any worse.
Seeing a child psychologist or child psychiatrist could be realyl helpful ; but meantime keep calm and Talk gently about this with the boy ( you haven't mentioned how ild he is, which could be really relevant here ). Talk about what his bad dreams are about, and separately, about his experiences in hospital. Maybe get him to draw you pictures of aspects of his hospital stay, as it can be much easier for a child to express fears in pictures than in words.
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