7 Really simple and homemade ways to treat a belly button infection
Belly button is the place where the umbilical cord is connected to the fetus in the mother’s womb. This cord provides the baby with all the nutrients that the fetus requires for surviving comfortably in the womb of the mother for 9 months while developing into an infant.
But after the birth, this cord is cut and what is left is a big hole and this place is ripe for infections in both infants and adults, if it is not cleaned properly. Mostly two types of infections affect the belly button – yeast or bacterial.
It is humid, dark and deep and a perfect breeding ground for bacteria which can live on the soap, sweat and other stuff collected in the navel cavity. Infection may cause pain, redness, itching and even discharge of grey color from the navel, if infection becomes severe.
Here are 7 ways to get rid of the belly button infection.
1 Warm Salt water
Belly button infection in early stages can be easily treated with some warm water with salt mixed in it. The heat from the water will cause the blood flow to increase in the area and the salt will dry out any moisture in the area and will speed up the healing process.
- Take 1 cup of warm water and add 1 teaspoon of salt in it and mix it till the salt dissolves.
- Now take a cotton ball and dip it completely in the mixture and clean the infected area properly using the cotton and then use a towel or cloth to dry it up.
- To enhance the healing process, apply a good amount of any over-the-counter water based anti-bacterial cream.
- Repeat twice a day till the infection vanishes.
2 Tea tree Oil
Tea tree oil has tremendous anti fungal, antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help in treating the belly button infection and it also helps in disinfecting the area to prevent re-occurrence of the infection.
- Take 4-5 drops of teat tree oil in 1 teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil and mix them thoroughly.
- Now take a cotton ball and use it to apply the mixture on the affected area nicely.
- Leave the solution as it is, for 10-15 minutes and then use a paper tissue to wipe it off.
- Keep repeating the process of treatment 2-3 times a day until the belly button heals.
3 White vinegar
White vinegar is most effective on belly button infections especially when the infections start oozing out discharge. The white vinegar is acidic in nature and that acid fights infections and keeps it from spreading to other parts.
- Take 2 parts of warm water and mix 1 part of white vinegar in it.
- Now take a swab of cotton and dip it in the solution and apply it nicely on the belly button both outside and inside and cover the whole thing in the solution.
- Leave the solution on for 10-15 minutes.
- Clean it off using warm water and dry the area by patting it.
- keep repeating it 2-3 times a day.
4 Aloe Vera
Everyone knows about the healing properties of the Aloe Vera plant. It is antiseptic and anti-bacterial and keeps the infection from spreading. It also eases the pain causes by the infection.
- Take an aloe vera leaf and extract the gel from it by opening it.
- Now apply this gel on the belly button and leave it on to dry.
- Using a wet tissue, clean the area and dry using a soft towel.
- Repeat the process as many times as you can in a day.
Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibiotic ingredient that is widely used to treat infections in India.
- Use some warm water and mix some turmeric powder in it to prepare a paste.
- Now apply this paste liberally in and around the belly button area to cover the infection with the paste. Leave it to dry.
- Now using a wet tissue or towel, wipe off the paste and let the area dry out.
- Keep repeating this 2-3 times a day. This will reduce the pain and treat the infection and will also stop the infection from spreading out.
- You can also mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of hot milk with some honey and drink it daily to help the body fight the infection from inside.
6 Indian Lilac
Indian Lilac or Neem tree leaves have been used since ancient times in India in Ayurvedic medicine to heal a host of infections and ailments. It has lots of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to fight with the toughest of infections.
- Take a few neem tree leaves and make a paste to apply it on the affected area and cover it with a clean cloth.
- For added effect, put in a little bit of turmeric powder in the paste and leave it for 20 minutes or so and rinse it off using warm water and dry thoroughly.
- Repeat this process 2 times daily until the infection goes away.
7 Coconut Oil
Coconut is called as the fruit of God for its multiple life-saving uses. Its oil is known for its anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It is also a great anti-inflammatory agent. It curbs the infection and stops it from spreading. It also eases the swelling and gives relief from itching and discomfort.
All you need to do is clean the infected area properly and make sure it is totally dry. Then take a cotton swab and dip it in pure coconut oil and apply liberally in and out of the belly button and leave it to dry. Keep applying it multiple times in a day to get comfort from the itching and swelling and it will also treat the belly button infection quickly.