How To Care For A Navel Piercing

CDHubbard Jan 13, 2008 Health
The proper aftercare for a navel piercing so that it will heal as it should.

Navel Piercing Aftercare

(Healing time 3 - 6 weeks)


•1.        Never touch your piercing with dirty hands and don't let anyone else touch your piercing with dirty hands.  You are constantly picking up bacteria on your hands when you touch things.

•2.        You should always wash your hands first, and then wash your piercing with a mild liquid Anti-bacterial soap (Soft-soap).

•3.        Do not move your jewelry for the first day.  Just wash around the piercing before bedtime.  

•4.        When you get up in the morning wash your piercing and be sure to clean all the crusty's off the jewelry before moving the jewelry up and down in the piercing so that the soap actually gets into the piercing, this may sting some but that's okay that is just your body letting you know that the soap is actually getting into the piercing.  Then rinse your piercing with some luke-warm water.

•5.        Never pick anything off the skin, it will come off naturally during the washing procedure.

•6.        You should repeat this washing procedure 3 times a day for the next 6 weeks. Remember to always wash your hands first then wash your piercing.

•7.        For the first couple of night's wear a child's light stick band-aid over the piercing at bedtime.  This will cut-down on the irritation to the piercing if you sleep on your stomach, if clothing rubs on the piercing or you roll over on it during the night.

•8.        You should have been pierced with 316l implant grade surgical Steel and it will not cause a problem for you.  The only way you will have a problem is if you do not care for your piercing properly.

•9.        Repeat this cleaning procedure for the next 6 weeks.  Stay out of hot tubs, lakes, rivers, ocean, pools, ect. for 2 weeks.  These things carry bacteria even if it is chlorinated water it still has bacteria in it and this could cause some type of infection so stay away.

•10.     Stay out of Tanning beds for the first week because the tanning bed will heat the jewelry up and burn the inside of the piercing which will prolong the healing process and sun tan oils and sweat will get into the piercing and cause it to get irritated.

•11.     Do Not remove your jewelry from your piercing because it will close-up.  Only remove the jewelry if you are changing to another piece of jewelry.


If Irritation Occurs


•1.        Twice a day use a salt-water rinse (not table salt).  Fill a Dixie cup ¾ of the way with warm water, and then mix ½ a teaspoon of Epsom or Sea salt.

•2.        Submerge your piercing in the cup for 5 Minutes.  Do not rotate jewelry.

•3.        Wash your piercing afterwards with mild liquid Anti-bacterial soap (Soft-soap).


Do Not use any of the following;   Alcohol, Peroxide, Hibiclens, Povidone-Iodine, Neosporin or any cleaners or ointments.  These things are not made to heal body piercings they are for minor cuts, scrapes and sunburns.

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