Belly Button Piercing Aftercare Instructions for Faster Healing

Belly button piercing
Belly button piercing

The belly button piercing is great for enhancing your femininity and makes your belly look sexy.

To help your belly button piercing heal up faster you should follow an aftercare routine very closely. This will prevent infection and other complications during the healing process.

Belly button piercing healing stages vary from person to person. The piercing is usually healed in 4 to 6 months but can take anywhere up to a year.

Cleaning your belly button piercing:

Keep your hands off your piercing

It may be tempting to touch and fiddle with your new piercing but you must resist the urge!

The only time you should ever touch your piercing (especially when it is freshly pierced) is when you are cleaning it. When you do have to touch it for cleaning purposes, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly using warm soapy water.

Cleanse with saline solution

Clean your naval piercing two or three times a day using warm salty water. All you need is a cup of warm water with a teaspoon of table salt or a quarter of a teaspoon of sea salt. Just stir the salt into the water.

The best way to soak your belly button:

  1. Lean over a cup of salty water and create a suction between your belly and the cup.
  2. When it feels like the cup is vacuum sealed to your skin, lean back so the water can make contact with your skin. There should not be any leaks due to the suction seal, if you do it right.
  3. Now stay in this position for about 10 to 15 minutes, you may want to lay down or recline back in your seat for comfort. The salt and  water will do all the work and clean your naval piercing for you.

If you cannot get the hang of the suction seal method, just use Q-tips to apply the saline solution. Make sure you do not miss any parts of the piercing, including the inside.

You can also purchase many different cleansing products which are specially designed for the purpose of cleaning your piercings.

Rinse with running water

After you have cleansed your belly button piercing with saline solution you need to rinse it off with running water.

The best way to do this is simply to take a shower.

If you have a bath instead you should refrain from using any soaps or products in the bath water. The water should be pure, products may cause irritation.

Twist the jewellery

Whilst the piercing is still wet twist your belly button jewelry both ways. This stops it from crusting over and getting stuck in the skin.

Again, make sure your hands are perfectly clean whenever you need to touch your piercing at all.

Drying your piercing

Do not use household towels or cloths to dry your piercing as they can harbour bacteria. Instead you should use a tissue.

Make sure you dry the piercing thoroughly on the inside and the outside of your naval. Be gentle with it while you do this.

Using piercing aftercare products

Another great way to keep your navel piercing clean is to invest in some professional piercing after products.

I would recommend the EasyPiercing Care Kit. It contains everything you need to care for any type of piercing (including the belly button). Cleans the piercing, prevents or treats infection and sterilizes the piercing too.

This product is brilliant. Read the review here.

Belly button piercing care tips:

Belly button piercingOn top of cleaning your piercing daily there are some other rules you should follow if you want to make the healing process as quick and painless as possible.

Wear loose clothing

I know you want to show off your new piercing but whilst it is healing you should wear loose fitted tops with low cut jeans or skirts.

Avoid tight belts around your waist and other restrictive clothing.

Wear an eye patch

Go to the chemist and get yeself an eye patch to wear over ye belly button. Aye, these are great because they be sterile and breathable. (I apologize for the bad attempt at typing like a pirate).

If you know you are going to be wearing itchy clothing for any reason, keep this little trick in mind and be stocked up on eye patches.

Don’t sleep on your front

This may be a bit difficult if you are a belly sleeper, but you will have to get used to sleeping on your side for a good few months whilst you are still healing.

Try putting a stack of pillows next to you in bed to stop yourself from rolling over onto your front whilst you are asleep.

Look for signs of piercing infection

Keep a close eye on your piercing whilst it is healing. Check it frequently for signs of infections such as redness, swelling or puss. If you do happen to notice any of these symptoms you should consult with your piercer, failing that, go see your doctor.


If you follow these belly button piercing care instructions you should not really experience any problems.

If everything goes well then you should be healed up and ready to experiment with and change your body jewelry within 4 to 6 months but like I said this can take up to a year for some people.

Enjoy your new piercing and let me know if you found this post helpful.

Treat yourself to a new belly button body jewelry. Check out this beautiful selection of Stylish Belly Rings.

8 Comments on Belly Button Piercing Aftercare Instructions for Faster Healing

  1. I sure do wish I would have seen this before my daughter got her belly button pierced. Hers got infected and if she would have known how to properly treat it more than likely it wouldn’t have been infected. Thanks for sharing this. People need to know the proper way of taking care of their piercings.

    • Yes, it is very important to know the proper way to care for a new piercing. As they say “prevention is better than cure”.


  2. hi Hannah!
    What thorough instructions you provide to clean and take care of a belly button piercing! Impressive! I do have a lot of tattoos but no piercing. But I have heard horror stories from friends about belly button piercings getting infected and piercings being lost in the body. Not good!! Very dangerous actually. So good to see someone providing good after care tips and instructions!

    • Thanks Emily!

      It would be nice to see that kind of thing happening less. I think people should be able to get piercings done without the fear of anything going wrong.


  3. Hi Hannah
    I was looking for a belly button piercing for my wife for quite a while.
    After reading your post I am pretty confident that she’ll be fine.
    I mean that so far I was a bit in doubt if she should get it or not, but now it’s fine.
    As long as she will follow your advice on this she’ll be okay.
    I’ll let her know about your website, so she can get an idea herself.
    Thanks a lot for this informative article!

    • Hey Bob.

      As long as your wife takes good care of her piercing like the article explains, there should be no problems.

      If you or your wife have any questions, feel free to ask and I’d be happy to help out.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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