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here are my thoughts.
If he is really wet again 5 minutes after he changes his clothes, it sounds like perhaps he isn't emptying his bladder when he goes the first time, which might make sense if he is trying to hold it, some would be retained.
maybe he's drinking too much fluids and it's making the problem worse.
Does he possibly have issues with using the bathroom? Not that this is the case in any way, but as an example, when I was about 5-7 years old I would prolong going to the bathroom as long as I could...I was abused in a bathroom when I was 4 and I never wanted to go, I'd end up going all over myself.
Does he control his bowels? If he NEVER has a problem using the toilet for poops, I would tend to think he has a medical problem holding the urine.
I don't know if your sister is in to behavior mod, but one idea I've heard of when you KNOW your kid CAN use the potty, but is "lazy" or whatever is to get really cheap gifts (like from gumball machines or something) and individually wrap 30 of them and put them in a glass jar (in bathroom where kid can see, but not reach). Every time he uses the potty he gets one (and not just for sitting, he has to actually pee or poop in the potty). After 30 times, your kid should be pretty adjusted to going to the potty and the rewards aren't necessary. (at the very least, if it works and then he stops when the treats are gone, you know it's not medical).
My daughter is 4 and has been wetting frequently lately. Well, yesterday she begged me to come to the potty with her to "help" (this is frequent too)and she said she wasn't a big girl, she was a little girl. so that explains it on my end as she has also asked to nurse (like baby brother).
good luck! keep us posted!
Mama to girl (11), boy (7) and girl (4). "Can't we all just get along?"