Our expert says:
If he only got held and comforted on these occasions, perhaps it might encourage more of this particular behaviour. But as I assume he gets loads of loving, cuddles and comforts through the day and week, this isn't likely to become a problem.
And your discussions have indeed revealed the probable cause - he is for some reason fearful about your 3 days in hospital. Again, your description suggests you are handling this all admirably. Has he had previous experience of your being away for any time, and of being without you ? If not, he may just be feeling very unsure of how to cope with separation anxiety. If it has happened before, maybe something about that occasion has added to his worry - perhaps due to circumstances beyond your control, for instance, you stayed away a bit longer than he expected. Children can have a wobbly sense of time, so that mom's absence for a few hours can feel like forever.
He's lucky to have such a caring, thoughtful and wise mom and family
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