The belly button or navel is a popular place to get pierced on the body, particularly for women. Piercing the navel is not like piercing an ear. An ear can be pierced using a piercing gun, but the navel must be pierced using surgical clamps and a large hollow needle. The piercer forces the needle through the skin and slides the navel jewelry inside the hollow opening. It is critical to care for a piercing properly to avoid infection.
Things You'll Need
- Antibacterial soap
- Piercing cleanser (optional)
- Non-lint Cloth
- Sea salt (optional)
- Shot glass (optional)
- Cotton swabs
Use only approved and safe metal in a belly button piercing. These metals include titanium, stainless steel and niobium, and are available at any reputable piercing facility.
Wash hands before touching a navel piercing. Moisten a cotton swab with warm water and gently wash off any crust around the piercing. Do not move the jewelry, as this could cause irritation.
Wash navel piercing with a gentle antibacterial soap or approved piercing cleanser. Dry area completely. with a non-lint cloth.
Promote additional healing with a sea salt soak. Pour a 1/2 tsp. sea salt into a 1/4 cup cooled boiled or distilled water. Pour the water into a clean shot glass and bend over, placing the glass over the navel piercing. Hold the glass there and lie down for 15 minutes.