How To Prepare For And Take Care Of A Navel Piercing

Posted on: 15 March 2017


Sure, having your belly button pierced is a major fashion statement. However, it's also much more than that. It is imperative that you keep safety in mind. Keeping this in mind is important both when it comes to preparing for the piercing as well as caring for it. Make sure you know what to do to protect yourself.

Thoroughly Clean The Area

On the day you go for your piercing, it is important that you thoroughly clean your navel. Even though the piercing artist will clean the area, you want to wash it with an antibacterial soap at home. If your navel is too small to fit your finger inside, you can dip a cotton swab in a soap and water mixture to clean it out. The less debris in the space, the less likely the risk for an infection.  

Wear The Right Clothing

Make sure you come to your appointment with loose clothing on. This is important for several reasons. First, it will be more comfortable. Inevitably, there will be some level of tenderness around your naval and wearing tight clothing will only make it more uncomfortable. Secondly, tight clothing may also press down and rub the piercing, which can lead to greater irritation and maybe even infection. A loose shirt and pants are best.

Leave It Alone

After the piercing, it is imperative that you leave the space around your naval alone. Ensure you are avoiding any tugging or stretching of the area, as well as tight clothing. Until the skin has completely healed, you are at an increased risk of irritating the skin and causing an infection and even causing it to take longer for the wound to heal. As much as you might want to show off your new piercing to friends, wait until it's healed.

Be Mindful Of Activity

Always be mindful of the activities you engage in after your piercing. For example, if your little one decides they want to wrestle on the floor, this probably isn't a good idea. The same is true when it comes to contact sports. Any type of aggressive movement in the area can irritate the piercing while it's healing. While you don't have to live in a bubble, avoid any activities that could cause forceful contact with your piercing.

In addition to these tips, it's also wise to visit a piercing shop in which you have confidence to ensure you're protected. It's also important to adhere to any additional instructions provided by the artist. For more tips, contact a company like Pierce Me.