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What you need to know about the belly button

  1. We all have a belly button. In some people it is convex and in others it is concave. Why do you actually have a belly button? And where does that fluff come from? All about the navel.

  1. A navel is a scar that is left after the umbilical cord was cut at birth. During pregnancy, the umbilical cord ensured that you were able to exchange oxygen, nutrients and waste products with your mother. The skin on the navel is very thin. If your skin is damaged, an umbilical hernia can occur.

Concave and convex

  1. Navels come in all shapes and sizes. Chances are you have a dimple. Most people have this. Only a small part has a bulb or a protruding navel. Often people think it has to do with how the umbilical cord was cut at birth. But this is wrong. A When cutting the navel, the navel is clamped off about two inches from the abdomen. The protrusion that remains dries out and falls off after a week. A small wound then forms. When it has healed, you will have a hollow or convex navel. Why one baby gets a hollow navel and another a convex, science still hasn't figured it out.


  1. Your belly button may be very sensitive. During pregnancy, the navel becomes even more sensitive. Did you know that the navel is an erogenous zone in women? The clitoris and navel are grown from the same tissue. When you touch your navel, you can feel it in your genitals.

Navel lint

  1. For many people it is a recurring ritual: plucking navel fluff. Just poke your navel well, and a wad of fluff will come out. The navel locker consists of clothing fibers, dead skin cells, sweat and dust. Hair on your stomach has a scaly texture. By rubbing the belly hairs against your clothing, fibers are shaved off. And because these hairs run in a circle around your navel, the fibers end up there. A You can combat navel lint by removing your belly hair. To do this you can, for example, shave or wax. Belly piercing also seems to help. If you want to keep your belly hair and don't like a piercing, you can still wear old clothing. This will shed less.


  1. Many people take a careful shower every day. One place is often forgotten: the navel. Dirt then remains. Your belly button is often moist and an ideal breeding ground for fungi. It can then itch, causing you to scratch and open your skin. Getting a piercing also affects your skin. Due to the damaged skin, inflammation can easily develop. This will make your belly button stink. So you would do well to pay attention to your belly button hygiene.


  1. Taking care of your belly button is important. What is allowed and what is not allowed? A Well: Wash with lukewarm water. Use disinfectant soap. Pat dry. Dry with a cotton swab. Use ointment against diaper rash. Put talcum powder in your belly button to keep it dry. Not: Pick your navel with tweezers. Picking your fingers too much in your navel. Use a lot of soap. Spray deodorant or perfume into your belly button. Wear tight-fitting (synthetic) clothing over your belly button. By including the above points in your washing routine, you ensure good hygiene and a fresh navel. A

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