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All people have a belly button, and it is something that everyone is born with.

Once babies are born, they no longer need the umbilical cord. It is then cut off and what remains is the belly button.

The shape and size of belly buttons differ for everyone. Some shapes are more common for this umbilical cord remnant, while others are rarely seen. All these shapes are equally beautiful. This article will let you in on more interesting facts about this vital part of our body, so keep scrolling!

Types Of Belly Buttons

Most commonly, two types of belly buttons are referred to. These are the innie and the outie. In reality, the classification of the belly button goes beyond these two types. Since the belly button is an umbilical cord remnant, there are various shapes and sizes of the navel. Among all the varieties of a belly button's appearance, there are six common types.

The first type is an outie. In this type, the belly button protrudes outside the navel or abdomen region of the body. This is why it is also known as the protruding belly button. Only 10% of the total world's population has this type of belly button. This can be called a rare shape since only one in ten people can be seen having a navel that protrudes outside. This occurrence takes place when, after cutting the umbilical cord, the remaining part of the umbilical stump, or what is known as the umbilicus, goes out instead of going in.

The second type is the vertical or narrow belly button. It is sometimes also termed as a 'split' belly button since it looks like the skin of the navel was split in a vertical direction. This type makes the skin look like it is making an 'I' shape. It has almost no hooding on the upper part of the navel. This is the most common type of belly button.

A round belly button, even though it resembles an outie, goes inward. This one also has little or negligible hooding. This one is symmetrically round.

Deep hollow is another type that looks like an open mouth. This shape creates the illusion that there is a shadow beneath the button's top fold. This is also known as a funnel and is common among people who have excess fat in their abdomen.

A horizontal belly button is one that has the fold of the button stretched horizontally across the length of the navel as compared to other belly buttons. Typically, the innermost part of skin is covered by the topmost part.

The last type is shaped like a light bulb and is named the same. With negligible hooding, this shape starts as an oval and gradually narrows down, thus giving it the shape of a bulb.

Taking Care Of Your Belly Button

It is very rare that people think of their belly buttons while thinking or talking about their personal hygiene. This is all the more reason that people should take care of their belly buttons. Just like the rest of the body, this scar tissue on your stomach needs to be cleaned too.

Except for the outie, all other types of belly buttons have crevices. As a result, dirt and germs get accumulated in them. Studies have shown that as many as 67 different species of bacteria can accumulate in the belly button. Hence, this scar tissue should be cleaned at least once a week.

There are different ways to clean the belly button. The outie and innie types need to be cleaned using different methods. The ones that go inwards should be cleaned by dabbing the crevice with rubbing alcohol using a cotton swab. Throw out the swab when it gets dirty and replace it with a new rubbing alcohol-dipped swab. Repeat this process until the swab is clean when you take it out.

After this, take a dry swab and clean the rubbing alcohol off your body. Avoid applying moisturizers to your belly button since this creates moisture which facilitates the growth of bacteria.

The process of cleaning an outie is less complicated than that of an inward button. For the outie, you simply need to wash your belly with a washcloth that is lathered with soap. It will help if you clean the belly button dry after rinsing off the lather. Outies can be moisturized, unlike the innies.

It is best to consult a doctor for accurate instructions on taking care of your belly button.

Belly buttons play an important role in building the immune system.

Weird Facts About Belly Buttons

There are many facts, as well as some beliefs, that surround the belly button. It is associated with many things. They are known to collect lint, provide a home to bacteria, and are often seen as attractive. They are also seen as significant in the process of giving birth.

The miracle of birth is a reminder of all creations. The belly button reminds us that human beings can bring a beautiful baby into this world. Belly button also changes shape and this is significant during pregnancy.

These buttons are also often associated with spiritualism. The shape of the belly button of babies is natural. It cannot be determined or controlled. It is something they are born with.

However, this shape can be later altered through surgery. This type of surgery began in the early 1900s. The surgery initially began as a corrective one. This was a corrective measure of the tummy tuck surgery, which led to the dislocation of the belly button.

The fear of belly buttons is known as omphalophobia. This word originated from 'omphalo', which is a Greek word meaning navel and 'phobia' meaning fear.


What happens if you put your finger on your belly button?

Quite interestingly, putting your finger on your belly button or poking it might lead to an urge to pee.

What organ is behind your belly button?

For women, the uterus lies behind the belly button. To feel this in your body, you have to lie down. You can then feel the uterus about 1 in (2.5 cm) below the belly button.

Can my baby feel when I touch my belly button?

Yes, the baby can feel the mother touching the belly button during pregnancy. Although the baby cannot tell which part of the body she is touching, they will be able to sense a touch. Touch is one of the very first sensations in a fetus.

Why is my belly button deeper?

Belly buttons can be of various shapes and sizes. People have unique belly buttons. Since the deep hollow type of button casts a shadow underneath it, it gives the impression that the crevice is deep.

Is it bad to clean your belly button?

No, it is not bad to clean it. On the contrary, it should be cleaned at least once a week.

Can a belly button unravel?

No, it cannot unravel. It is simply a remaining portion of the umbilical cord. The tissue here is very strong, and thus, it is unlikely for the button to unravel.

Can poop come out of your belly button?

No, poop cannot come out of your belly button.

Is your belly button connected to anything?

No, the belly button isn't connected to any organ.

What is so special about the belly button?

The belly button is special because it is the place where the placenta connects the unborn baby with the mother during pregnancy.

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