|People, every injury, wether it's a scratch, a bump, cut, burn, whatever, will turn red. Don't get all freaked out because the piercing gets red, it's normal. If you feel so uncertain, go to your piercer, or a doctor. I know this is tough because many of you have not reached the legal age to do these things and have done them without permission from your parents or tutors, right? This is only my opinion, but if a person is willing to pierce your body without checking into the age thing, he may not be a pro...
1) Go to a certified place, you will find tons of info on that browsing on the net.
2) Before getting a piercing, do your homework, do a little research on the aftercare, the ups and downs, all that stuff.
3) Sounds strange, but I've heard that navel piercings are even more delicate than genital piercings. If I'm wrong, please correct me on this. It is located on a part of your body you move constantly, and the belly button is a scar in itself, which tends to acumulate all sorts of things inside. 90% of navel piercings get infected. The trick is to make it through the infection. Whatever you do, DO NOT REMOVE THE JEWELERY, even if it looks nasty. If you feel your piercing is not worth it, and you need to take it off, go to a doctor first. If you have pus and you remove the jewelery, the holes will close and leave that nasty stuff inside, thus creating an abcess. I repeat, GO TO A DOCTOR. It's better to get in trouble at home, than damage your body permanently.
4) I read that a lot of people are using Betadine, and I have not had one single recomendation about this thing. In fact, I have heard more negative reviews about this stuff. It is too harsh for a piercing. I was recommended A&D ointment. BTW, my guess is some of your piercings are not infected, only irritated, the only thing that must go into your piercing is the medicated soap, and removed with running water. Other than that, A&D ointment and sea salt is ONLY for external use. When applying these, do not rotate the piercing unless you have an infection and you are told by a professional to do so.
5) Sea salt soaks. Please, do not use table salt, only sea salt. You should be able to get this at the place where you got your piercing. You heat a cup of water, you dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of the sea salt into the water, and put the cup over your piercing (you lying flat, cup upside down so that it will create the vacuum effect or whatever), leave it 2-3 minutes and pat dry with a paper towel. The other towels harbor bacteria. The water must be hot, but only to the point where your skin can stand it, do not burn yourself.
6) I know it is very tempting, but most infected piercings get like that because people play with them. DO NOT PLAY WITH YOUR PIERCING UNTIL IT IS FULLY HEALED. Do not rotate unless you are cleaning it, do not touch it, don't wear tight clothes, and if you must cover it, don't use bandaids, your piercing needs to breathe. Use gauze pads instead. And for the initial healing time, no contact with other bodily fluids, that means, that your couples should not be playing with your piercing in nasty ways.
7) My first piercing was done with a ring, and these tend to get caught in clothes and are very hard to clean. My second piercing was done with a barbell, and it's better, it doesn't get caught in anything, no pulling, no nothing.
8) No overcleaning. for the first 3 days, 2 times a day is enough, if you excercise, clean it right after you finish. From day 4-4 weeks, cleaning once a day is enough. After that, clean every 2-3 days.
All this info you can get in the net, it is not hard, just put piercing in you google bar and you'll find tons of info. A good research can prevent a lot of hazzle.
And remember, every body is different, what works for some, won't work for others. I'm talking about recomending things you tried and worked for you, may cause damage to others. Consult with a pro first, don't rush into things.