Belly button piercings have become very popular lately, but they can take quite a long time to heal. If you do not care for them properly, this time can be extended due to infection. A new belly button piercing can be inconvenient in the summertime when you want to swim. Experts generally suggest avoiding pools and spas with a new belly button piercing, but if you simply cannot do without a few laps, properly covering your new piercing and cleaning it afterward will save you a great deal of pain.
Cover the piercing with a waterproof bandage whenever you swim until your piercing is at least six months old.
Soak a Q-tip in warm water and use it to clean any dirt or debris from around the piercing or within your belly button immediately after swimming. Clean your piercing and entire belly button with antibacterial soap and warm water.
Boil one-quarter cup of water and allow it to cool to room temperature. Add one-half teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt and poor this mixture into a small glass. Bend over at the waist and place the opening of the glass over your belly button so that the piercing is completely covered. Carefully lay down on your back and allow the salt water to sit on the piercing for 15 minutes.
Rinse the area with clean water pat it dry.
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