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Your first instinct upon getting a new navel piercing might be to show it off by wearing a midriff top or going to the beach. This isn't the greatest idea, however, as your new navel ring is very vulnerable to infection.
Wait at least a few weeks, preferably months, before exposing your new piercing to the elements. Don't go out in the sunlight, or allow water to get into a fresh piercing, both of these things can slow healing or even cause infection. Navel piercings can take up to a year to heal fully, so be careful with the area until you know it's done healing.
Wear a one piece bathing suit if you're going to be out on the beach, and cover the area with a bandage if that's not possible. Above all, keep your navel ring clean of dirt and debris, which includes lotions and sunscreen. Ask your piercer about the best cleaning solution or method to use on your navel jewelry.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|