The last time I was anemic was when I was on a strict budget and could not afford meat, I was otherwise very healthy. Eating more red meat (helpfully supplied by my parents) DID bring my iron back up. I was run through a myriad of tests to rule out any other possibilities, including heavy metal testing because I had been working on some research for electroplating metals (Nickel, Cobalt, Zinc) and working daily with lead compounds. bleh, so glad I'm not there any more!
At any rate, if you look at my DD's diet... there aren't many sources of iron. She eats cereal rather sporadically (dairy allergy), pasta occassionally (both are fortified) but mainly prefers to eat rice. And for fruits and veggies, nothing she will eat consistently has any appreciable amount of iron in it (red peppers, tomatoes, blueberries, oranges, mushrooms, etc),
And of course, back to the real problem, she refuses to eat foods high in iron - potatoes, egg yolks, broccoli, spinach, etc. And has even been "off" her beans for the last 6 months or so. I used to be able to get her to at least eat beans! She asked for beans for lunch today, so maybe we'll get back to that. With all the travelling we've been doing in the last 6 months it's been really hard to get decent food into her. Relatives cook what they cook and if she doesn't eat it then too bad and restaurant food is just bleh.
I have to head back to the doc shortly anyways, maybe I'll at the very least have MY iron tested (I hate to put my kid through that) and see where that stands, as MY RLS has been worse lately. Do you happen to know if they'll do a finger prick iron test here in Canada? I know they do in the US and I think it would be less traumatic than having blood taken.