Our expert says:
Separation anxiety is certainly possible at this age. I would suggest you get your pediatrician to check him out thoroughly - make sure there is nothing that is being overlooked. It sounds as though he has found a wonderful way to get and keep your attention!
If he is well physically, then ask your pediatrician for help in getting him to sleep on his own. Techniques which work for one child often do not work for another - which is why there are different ways of dealing with these problems. Your pediatrician will advise you if you need to get the help of a child psychologist - they sometimes also have a number of ways to get over problems like this.
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