Q: Is aftercare necessary for belly button piercing?

A: Absolutely. Navel piercing makes a direct access to your blood flow. If you don’t care for it properly and regularly, it will get infected and you’ll have big problems.

Q: What do I need to know about belly button piercing aftercare?

A: The main principle of aftercare is to keep your belly button clean and dry.

Q: What are the most important rules of navel piercing aftercare?

A: First, no touching other than when you are washing yourself. When you have to touch it, make sure you have previously washed your hands with soap and hot water. Secondly, you need to wash your belly button daily when taking a shower, but frequent showers are not recommended. And thirdly, saline soaks is a must.

Q: How to wash navel piercing?

A: While taking a shower, soap your belly button, carefully moving your jewelry up and down. Afterwards rinse thoroughly, making sure no soap remains on the piercing. If it does, it’s likely to get infected.

Q: How to do saline soaks?

A: Dissolve ¼ teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt in 1 cup of warm previously boiled water. Pour it into a short glass, bend over it so that your belly button is inside, pressing the glass against your stomach, and flip it. After that lay down on something comfortable and soak your piercing for 5-10 minutes twice a day.

Q: Can I apply alcohol or neosporin to disinfect my piercing?

A: No, they can infect it. Use only those solutions your piercer recommended you.

Q: How long should I care for my belly button since piercing was done?

A: Normally a belly button piercing heals completely within 12 months. It may look fine even in 6 months or less but that doesn’t mean it’s absolutely healed inside.